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n.1.The state of being a matron.
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This is not the domestic matronhood championed as female power in the March world, but a different kind of kingdom in which Amy is "born to rule" as "lady in blue.
When she was only shadow of her former self, wrinkled and grizzled, like Rodin's old courtesan, they remembered still the immense vitality and charm of matronhood, if not the blotched innocence of her youth.
152) Published in 1996, Cooper's book details the disruptions that the rising tide of Christian ascetic fervor--especially a fervor for sexual renunciation--wrought on ancient Roman notions of chaste matronhood.