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They were cool and courageous, self-reliant and sharp-witted, daring and determined.
They were the exciting, inspiring, and totally Outrageous Women of the Renaissance.
These remarkable women forged their own paths, made their own rules--and rocked the world!
Among the outrageous women you'll meet are:
* Joan of Arc--the bold warrior who at age 17 became commander-in-chief of the French army and led her country's charge against the invading English.
* Elisabetta Sirani--the lightning-quick painter who opened an all-female art school and became an international sensation.
* Grace O'Malley--the mother of three who ruled the high seas as Ireland's pirate queen and freedom fighter.
* Christina of Sweden--the eccentric Swedish monarch who awakened her country to the wonders of Renaissance art, science, and literature.
* Gracia Mendes Nasi--the Spanish humanitarian and philanthropist whose "underground railroad" saved the lives of countless persecuted Jews.
About the Author
VICKI LEON is a writer, editor, and researcher of six books on women's history, including Uppity Women of Medieval Times, as well as such favorites for young readers as Wetlands and A Tangle of Octopuses.
Table of Contents
FRANCE AND ITALY.
Joan of Arc (1412-May 30, 1431).
Vittoria Colonna (about 1490-Feb. 20, 1547).
Elisabetta Sirani (1638-Aug. 25, 1665).
HOLLAND, SWEDEN, AND DENMARK.
Kenau Hasselaar (about 1526-1588).
Sophie Brahe (1556-1643).
Christina of Sweden (1626-1689).
THE BRITISH ISLES.
Margaret More Roper (1505-1544).
Elizabeth I of England (1533-March 24, 1603).
Grace O'Malley of Ireland (about 1530-1603).
Moll Frith (about 1589-1659).
SPAIN AND PORTUGAL.
Isabella of Castile (1451-1504).
Gracia Mendes Nasi (about 1510-1569).
THE NEW WORLD.
Malinali of Mexico (about 1505-1551).
Catalina de Erauso (about 1585-1650).
Sor Juana de la Cruz (1651-April 17, 1695).
Other Outrageous Women of the Renaissance.