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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Diana Robin is professor emerita of classics at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. She is currently a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library.

Anne R. Larsen is professor of French at Hope College, Holland, MI.

Carole Levin is Willa Cather professor of history at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.

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