Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France, and by Anne R. Larsen, Diana Robin, Carole Levin

By Anne R. Larsen, Diana Robin, Carole Levin

Encyclopedia of ladies within the Renaissance: Italy, France, and England is the 1st first entire reference dedicated completely to the contributions of ladies to eu tradition within the interval among 1350 and 1700. Focusing mostly on early smooth ladies in England, France, and Italy, it bargains over one hundred thirty five biographies of the intense girls of these times.

Encyclopedia of girls within the Renaissance presents brilliant pictures of renowned ladies similar to Catherine of Siena, Joan of Arc, Mary Queen of Scots, and Christine de Pizan. additionally integrated are much less common yet both vital girls like Elena Lucrezia Cornaro, the 1st lady in Europe to earn a doctorate; the well known Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi; and the acclaimed writer of scientific textbooks and midwife to a French queen, Louise Boursier. in accordance with the most recent learn and superior with thematic essays, this groundbreaking paintings casts our figuring out of women's lives and roles in Renaissance background and tradition in a provocative new light.

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Though her poetry and correspondence are rich and quite extensive, it is her pastoral play that stands as Andreini’s literary masterpiece. Mirtilla is a fully scripted play that tells of the desires of shepherds and nymphs, ending in the conjugal pairings of three couples. Andreini’s pastoral is loosely based on Tasso’s Aminta, yet the seasoned commedia dell’arte actress chooses to stage action that Tasso left to narration. Most notably, Andreini stages the attempted rape of the nymph Filli by the Satyr and effectively reverses the female role of sexual object into one of shrewd manipulator of seduction and power.

She moved to Madrid about 1560 and remained at her post as portraitist and lady-in-waiting until around 1580, enjoying not only the king’s sponsorship in the abstract, but considerable financial remuneration. Her annual pension was 100 ducats (Garrard 1994, 618, n. 107). In addition, Philip arranged Anguissola’s marriage (1572) to Fabrizio Moncada, a native of Palermo and the brother of Francesco II, viceroy of Sicily. The queen, Elizabeth of Valois, provided Anguissola with a dowry of three thousand ducats (Murphy 2003, 38).

Williamstown, MA: Corner House Publishers, 1982. Anne of Cleves (1515–1557) Fourth wife of King Henry VIII of England Born 22 September 1515 in Düsseldorf, Anne of Cleves is distinguished from the English monarch’s other wives by the brevity of her marriage, which lasted a mere six months. qxd 1/18/07 11:30 AM Page 21 ANNE OF CLEVES Anne of Cleves (1515–1557), the fourth wife of King Henry VIII of England. Portrait by anonymous artist. (Library of Congress) annum, as well as significant properties, such as Bletchingley Manor, Richmond Palace, and Hever Castle, on condition that she remain in England.

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