Renaissance Woman

Overview

The Renaissance created a new vision of womanhood and indeed a "New Woman", proposes Gaia Servadio in this fresh take on Renaissance history. Servadio dates the birth of this development not to the traditionally quoted year of 1492 but to the invention of the printing press in 1456, which made books—and hence education—available to women. Central to her story are the lives of women such as Vittoria Colonna, whose extraordinary mutual love with Michelangelo is told here; Tullia d'Aragona, poet and the best known ...

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Overview

The Renaissance created a new vision of womanhood and indeed a "New Woman", proposes Gaia Servadio in this fresh take on Renaissance history. Servadio dates the birth of this development not to the traditionally quoted year of 1492 but to the invention of the printing press in 1456, which made books—and hence education—available to women. Central to her story are the lives of women such as Vittoria Colonna, whose extraordinary mutual love with Michelangelo is told here; Tullia d'Aragona, poet and the best known courtesan of her age, and French poet Louise Labé, who fought battles in male clothes. She follows these new women through the rise—and fall—of the Renaissance in Italy and France, moving northwards to the Low Countries and, in the person of Elizabeth I, to England. They are placed center stage to the Renaissance's power plays, paintings and architecture, courtesans and popes, music and manners, fashion, food, cosmetics, changing societies and the language of poetry and symbols.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850434214
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/18/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaia Servadio is a broadcaster, journalist, editor and writer, whose books include Luchino Visconti: A Biography (1981), The Real Traviata (1994), and Rossini (2003).

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Table of Contents

1 Trends 1
2 Women at Ferrara 22
3 Women in Rome 35
4 Vittoria Colonna's life leading to the sack of Rome 46
5 A woman in a time of political turmoil 62
6 Vittoria, Giulia and Tullia (1527-38) 73
7 Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo 100
8 Women and the inquisition 116
9 The broken lute 133
10 Women in France 150
11 Rulers in adversity 176
12 The Englishwomen 186
13 Women in the north 209
14 Epilogue 227
App. A Valois family tree 257
App. B Spanish-Austrian Habsburg family tree 258
App. C De' medici family tree 259
App. D Renaissance popes 260
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