The Great Chain of Being

The Great Chain of Being: a powerful visual metaphor for a divinely inspired universal hierarchy ranking all forms of higher and lower life; humans are represented by the male alone.   From Didacus Valades, Rhetorica Christiana (1579).   Reproduced here from Anthony Fletcher's Gender, Sex, & Subordination.

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