Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France, and England

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Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France, and England is the first first comprehensive reference devoted exclusively to the contributions of women to European culture in the period between 1350 and 1700. Focusing principally on early modern women in England, France, and Italy, it offers over 135 biographies of the extraordinary women of those times.

Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance provides vivid portraits of well known women such as Catherine of Siena, Joan of Arc, Mary Queen of Scots, and Christine de Pizan. Also included are less familiar but equally important women like Elena Lucrezia Cornaro, the first woman in Europe to earn a doctorate; the renowned Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi; and the acclaimed author of medical textbooks and midwife to a French queen, Louise Boursier. Based on the latest research and enhanced with thematic essays, this groundbreaking work casts our understanding of women's lives and roles in Renaissance history and culture in a provocative new light.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is essential for all libraries."



"One of those rare reference books that is not only a good source of information but a fascinating read, this is an excellent addition for most academic and large public libraries."



"This book will give its users much needed perspective and new information about a topic that has been often largely ignored by historians, and it is a good starting point for any researcher who needs material on women and the Renaissance."


Library Media Connection

"An excellent addition."


School Library Journal

"Recommended. Lower-/upper=level undergraduates."



School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up-There are numerous excellent reference works dealing with the Renaissance but few focus specifically on women. This work covers how women of the period lived; how they were treated and viewed; and the literary, artistic, musical, social, political, scientific, and religious contributions they made. Most of the roughly 150 entries are biographies. They include profiles of Marguerite de Navarre, Catherine of Siena, Elizabeth I, Isabella d'Este, Louise Labé, Artemisia Gentileschi, Barbara Strozzi, Anne de Graville, Anna of Denmark, and Sofonisba Anguissola. Black-and-white reproductions of period portraits are included in many of the profiles. Subjects include alchemy; contraception and birth control; religious persecution; feminism; power, politics, and women; Sappho and the Sapphic tradition; work; and literary culture. Each of the alphabetically arranged essays is about one-half to two pages long, and is signed, concise, and well written, and the bibliography is extensive. An excellent addition.-Madeleine G. Wright, New Hampton School, NH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851097722
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Pages: 480
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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