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Iter Bibliography
Iter Bibliography

A massive bibliography of more than 1.2 million citations for secondary source material about the European Middle Ages and Renaissance, 400-1700.

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Iter Italicum
Iter Italicum

The most comprehensive finding list available of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts in libraries and collections all over the world.

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Milton: A Bibliography (1624-1799)
Milton: A Bibliography (1624-1799)

A listing of all manuscripts and editions of Milton's works, all studies and critical statements of Milton's life and works, and allusions, quotations, and significant imitations.

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Bibliography of English Women Writers (1500-1640)
Bibliography of English Women Writers (1500-1640)

A list of scholarship about more than 700 recovered women writers and located texts, including among them familiar figures, and identifying many hitherto unknown writers.

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Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme
Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme

A peer-reviewed journal, multidisciplinary and bilingual, publishing new research on any aspect of the Renaissance and Reformation.

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Early Theatre
Early Theatre

A peer-reviewed journal publishing new research in medieval or early modern drama and theatre history, rooted in the records and documents of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.

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Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal

A journal devoted solely to the interdisciplinary and global study of women and gender during the years 1400 to 1700.

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Quaderni d'italianistica
Quaderni d'italianistica

The peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies, it publishes articles and book reviews in English, French, or Italian touching on any aspect of Italian literature from the origins to the present, Italian language, linguistics, and pedagogy.

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Confraternitas
Confraternitas

A biannual, refereed journal publishing brief articles, news and notes of interest to colleagues, notices of forthcoming conferences or papers, and general queries about medieval and Early Modern confraternities (pre-1700).

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REED Newsletter (1976-1997)
REED Newsletter (1976-1997)

Published from 1976-1997, the newsletter included documentary evidence of early drama, items on records research, scholars' requests for information, calls for papers, conference information, and notices of publications.

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The International Directory of Scholars
The International Directory of Scholars
A listing of members of the Renaissance Society of America and the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, and individual Iter subscribers. Many records have not been updated in 3-5 years; effective May 2010, the Directory is no longer being updated.

Complimentary access to this resource is available to subscribers of any of Iter's other resources.

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Aestimatio
Aestimatio
Aestimatio provides critical, timely assessments of books published in the history of what was called science from antiquity up to the early modern period in cultures ranging from Spain to India, and from Africa to northern Europe.
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The Life and Writings of Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza
The Life and Writings of Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza

Rejecting marriage and the convent, the Spanish noblewoman, poet, and religious activist Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza ( Jaraicejo 1566–London 1614) led an uncommon life of adventure and spiritual devotion. This volume provides a scholarly introduction and translations of selections from her writings.

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The Poems and Letters of Tullia d'Aragona and Others: A Bilingual Edition
The Poems and Letters of Tullia d'Aragona and Others: A Bilingual Edition

The figure of Tullia d’Aragona has long fascinated readers as the prototype of the “honest courtesan”, a woman who successfully exploited her physical and intellectual charms to win the adoration and respect of the Italian cultural elite. With Julia Hairston’s richly annotated edition of her collected verse, d’Aragona finally comes into focus also as poet.

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“My Rare Wit Killing Sin”: Poems of a Restoration Courtier
“My Rare Wit Killing Sin”: Poems of a Restoration Courtier

This is the first modern edition of verse by Anne Killigrew, a poet and portrait painter born in 1660 at the very start of the Restoration, who grew up as part of the complicated political, religious, and artistic worlds of the Restoration courts of Charles II and his brother James, Duke of York.

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Book M: A London Widow's Life Writings
Book M: A London Widow's Life Writings

This excellent piece of work brings a new and fascinating seventeenth-century voice to twenty-first-century readers interested in women’s studies, literature, and history. Book M by the London widow Katherine Austen lends itself well to modernization, and it will be a great contextual reading for courses on British Restoration culture and literature.

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Memoirs (1630-1680)
Memoirs (1630-1680)

Granddaughter of James I of England, Sophia (1630–1714) began life a penniless princess in exile. She ended it as electress dowager of Hanover, an emerging European power. The memoirs, which recount the first fifty years of Sophia’s life, appear here in English for the first time in their entirety. Their publication in this series is particularly timely, as it coincides with the three hundredth anniversary of the Hanoverian succession (2014).

 

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The Christian Religion, as Professed by a Daughter of the Church of England
The Christian Religion, as Professed by a Daughter of the Church of England

The Christian Religion, as Professed by a Daughter of the Church of England (1705) is the most mature and comprehensive statement of Mary Astell's religious and philosophical views. It also represents the culmination of Astell's feminist project to teach her fellow women how to lead useful lives of virtue and wisdom. The main purpose of this work is to instruct women about the ultimate nature of reality, the true source of happiness, their duties and obligations to God, and about "how best to live" and how to treat other people. This volume offers the first complete modern version of the 1717 second edition.

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Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern France: Treatises by Caring Physicians and Surgeons (1581–1625)
Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern France: Treatises by Caring Physicians and Surgeons (1581–1625)

Why did pregnancy and birth attract so much attention in early modern France? How were they represented in medical treatises published in French rather than in Latin? Valerie Worth-Stylianou translates and discusses works by four key physicians (Rousset, Liebault, Duval and de Serres) and one surgeon (Guillemeau), revealing how these practitioners are distinguished by their particularly caring attitudes.

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Partenia, A Pastoral Play. A Bilingual Edition
Partenia, A Pastoral Play. A Bilingual Edition

The Other Voice's edition of Barbara Torelli's pastoral drama Partenia (c. 1586) is a groundbreaking contribution to the study of early modern Italian literature and women's writing. This is the first ever print edition of the earliest secular play by an Italian woman, acclaimed at the time of its composition - the drama theorist Angelo Ingegneri placed it on a par with Tasso's Aminta and Guarini's Pastor fido - but long forgotten, to the extent that it was believed lost until the early twentieth century, when the first manuscript of it surfaced in Cremona.

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Three Spanish <i>Querelle</i> Texts: <i>Grisel and Mirabella</i>, <i>The Slander against Women</i>, and <i>The Defense of Ladies against Slanderers</i>. A Bilingual Edition and Study
Three Spanish Querelle Texts: Grisel and Mirabella, The Slander against Women, and The Defense of Ladies against Slanderers. A Bilingual Edition and Study

This volume brings together the two most influential voices in the Spanish querelle des femmes, Pere Torrellas (ca. 1420 - ca. 1492) and Juan de Flores (d. ca. 1503). Torrellas' Slander against Women (Maldezir de mugeres) (ca. 1445) and Flores' short romance Grisel and Mirabella (La historia de Grisel y Mirabella) (ca. 1475) circulated widely among Spanish readers from the time of their composition throughout the sixteenth century.

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Letters Familiar and Formal
Letters Familiar and Formal

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2013 Award for Best Translation

Venetian writer Arcangela Tarabotti (1604-1652) was compelled like thousands of her contemporaries to become a nun against her will and to live forever enclosed in a tightly controlled convent—a practical imprisonment. Tarabotti spent her life protesting the practice of forcing girls into convents, which she persuasively linked to other wrongs against women. Tarabotti's fearless defenses of women and attacks on a society structured to disempower them struck a chord in Venice, where she achieved significant renown by putting her ideas into print. Tarabotti used her 1650 Letters—here published in translation for the first time—to defend and build her literary reputation while she also documented rough-and-tumble literary society in early modern Venice and material existence in an early modern convent. The Letters flaunted the writer's accomplishments, humiliated her critics, and advertised her powerful network of intellectual and political allies throughout Northern Italy and into France. The Letters eloquently document, relationship by relationship and text by text, how Tarabotti established herself as one of the most forceful proponents for women's dignity and self determination in early modern Europe.

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The Devonshire Manuscript: A Women's Book of Courtly Poetry
The Devonshire Manuscript: A Women's Book of Courtly Poetry

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2013 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition

This is the first printed edition of a manuscript collection of verse whose importance for an understanding of the culture of Henry VIII's court and women's central role in the exchange and enjoyment of poetry cannot be over-estimated. The manuscript was owned and used by, among others, Lady Margaret Douglas; the Duchess of Richmond; and Mary Shelton. These women not only collected a unique anthology of the most fashionable poems of the period, but also contributed verses, occasionally of their own composition.

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Journeys of a Mystic Soul in Poetry and Prose
Journeys of a Mystic Soul in Poetry and Prose

This edition, which offers a bilingual selection of poetry and selected prose translated into English by the nun-author Cecilia del Nacimiento (1570–1646), increases contemporary scholars' access to, and therefore understanding of, the Spanish early modern religious and intellectual milieu. A significant, rarely-studied mystic and poet, and member of the Discalced Carmelite Order in the years after St. Teresa of Avila's death, Cecilia del Nacimiento exemplifies the range of possibilities used by women writers who worked within the conventions of hegemonic discourses, while creating a unique literary voice.

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English Women Staging Islam, 1696-1707
English Women Staging Islam, 1696-1707

Delarivier Manley and Mary Pix were among the groundbreaking "female wits," who debuted their original plays for the public stage in 1695–96. Two of these plays contain explicitly Islamicate themes. Manley's The Royal Mischief expands on The Travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia (1686), and Pix's Ibrahim draws on Rycaut's History of the Turkish Empire (1687). Continuing this interest, Manley's Almyna (1706–7) responds to the newly translated Arabian Nights Entertainments (1704–17), and Pix's The Conquest of Spain (1705) engages the history of Islamic Spain recounted in The Life of the Most Illustrious Monarch Almanzor (1693). These plays have been modernized and annotated in this edition, most for the first time.

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Letters to Francesco Datini
Letters to Francesco Datini

The letters of Margherita Datini to her husband, Francesco di Marco Datini (the subject of Iris Origo's popular biography, The Merchant of Prato), are here translated into English for the first time as a complete collection. They provide a fascinating portrait of urban life in late-medieval Tuscany and give us entrée to the couple's loving but volatile relationship.

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Exhortations to Women and to Others if They Please
Exhortations to Women and to Others if They Please

For her last published volume, Lucrezia Marinella (1571?-1653) summons all her erudition and persuasive skill for a discussion of issues ranging from women's behavior to childrearing to the virtues necessary for orderly civic life. The author's bleak portrayal of an educated woman's life, together with her praise of traditional female virtues, is emblematic of the negative attitudes towards women's creativity and learning that had become prominent in seventeenth-century Italian culture.

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The Writings of an English Sappho
The Writings of an English Sappho

This edition of the writings of Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell (1540-1609) unites in one volume the varied corpus of a prolific early modern woman writer, including her unpublished correspondence, manuscript poems, monumental inscriptions and elegies, courtroom appearances, and ceremonial performances, as well as her printed translation, A Way of Reconciliation of a Good and Learned Man. In these formidable writings, women's erudition is defended as an inalienable birthright and a defining feature of femininity.

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No Good without Reward: Selected Writings: A Bilingual Edition
No Good without Reward: Selected Writings: A Bilingual Edition

This volume presents in English the selected works of Liubov Krichevskaya (1800–1841?), arguably the first professional woman of letters in Ukraine. At times hopeful, at other times despairing, her literary works, written in Russian, explore the theme of woman's agency in contemporary society and include dramas, novellas, lyric poetry and an epistolary novel.

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The Chronicle of Le Murate
The Chronicle of Le Murate

The Chronicle of Le Murate, completed by Sister Giustina Niccolini in 1598, is one of a small number of surviving documents that presents a nun's own interpretation and synthesis of historical events. It recounts the roughly two hundred–year history of Florence's largest convent, which attracted boarders, nuns and patrons from Italy's elite families. The manuscript provides a rare view of life behind the enclosure walls and of nuns' interaction with the world outside.

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In Dialogue with the Other Voice in Sixteenth-century Italy: Literary and Social Contexts for Women's Writing
In Dialogue with the Other Voice in Sixteenth-century Italy: Literary and Social Contexts for Women's Writing

This excellent collection of essays and texts surveys the culture and intellectual context of early modern Italy in order to render more intelligible the writing of Italian women.

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Leibniz and the Two Sophies: the Philosophical Correspondence
Leibniz and the Two Sophies: the Philosophical Correspondence

A critical edition of the philosophical correspondence between the seventeenth–century philosopher, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and his two royal patronesses, Electress Sophie of Hanover and her daughter, Queen Sophie Charlotte of Prussia. This is the first English translation of all the philosophically important material from the two correspondences.

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Enchanted Eloquence: Fairy Tales by Seventeenth–Century French Women Writers
Enchanted Eloquence: Fairy Tales by Seventeenth–Century French Women Writers

In late seventeenth-century France, the conte de feés, or fairy tale, became a fashionable new genre. It was sophisticated and ironic women who not only inaugurated the vogue but also produced sixty–eight of the one hundred twelve tales published 1690–1709. These conteuses experimented with various forms of fiction and celebrated women's writing, all the while criticizing the oppression of marriage and the social strictures placed upon women. This collection presents eight fairy tales (most never before translated into English) by the most prominent women authors.

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Celinda, A Tragedy: A Bilingual Edition
Celinda, A Tragedy: A Bilingual Edition

Valeria Miani's Celinda (1611), the only female–authored secular tragedy of early modern Italy, is here made available for the first time in a modern edition. Miani's tale of the doomed love of the Lydian princess Celinda for the cross–dressed Persian prince Autilio/Lucinia offers a striking example of the explorative attitude to gender identity that is such a marked characteristic of Italian drama in this period.

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Saints' Lives and Bible Stories for the Stage: A Bilingual Edition
Saints' Lives and Bible Stories for the Stage: A Bilingual Edition

This fresh translation of five plays securely authored by Antonia Pulci—one of the first published women writers in Renaissance Florence—reveals this gifted dramatist at her finest.

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Complete Poems: A Bilingual Edition
Complete Poems: A Bilingual Edition

This new bilingual edition of Du Guillet's poems includes a richly detailed and up-to-date introduction and a translation that follows the original rhymes—a daunting undertaking performed with accuracy, humor and verve.

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Dramatizing Dido, Circe, and Griselda
Dramatizing Dido, Circe, and Griselda

One of the most acclaimed French poets from the turn of the eighteenth century and one of the rare women of the time to achieve recognition at court, Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Sainctonge was France's first female librettist. This volume provides the most in-depth biography of her ever published, but also the first appearance of any of her work in English.

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The True Medicine
The True Medicine

One of the first printed medical texts to be attributed to a female author, The True Medicine (1587) is radically innovative in its rejection of contemporary medical theory for a more pro-feminist physiology and cosmology.

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Two Women of the Great Schism: <i>The Revelations</i> of Constance de Rabastens by Raymond de Sabanac and <i>Life of the Blessed Ursulina of Parma</i> by Simone Zanacchi
Two Women of the Great Schism: The Revelations of Constance de Rabastens by Raymond de Sabanac and Life of the Blessed Ursulina of Parma by Simone Zanacchi

The Great Schism (1378–1417) divided Western Christendom into two groups: those who recognized a pope in Rome and those who recognized one in Avignon. It was a crisis of authority that brought with it spiritual anxiety and political uproar. This volume brings to life the extraordinary spiritual and political engagement of two late medieval women who refused to be passive bystanders as rival papal factions tore Christendom apart.

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Love in the Mirror: A Bilingual Edition
Love in the Mirror: A Bilingual Edition

Love in the Mirror tells the unforgettable and path–breaking story of a passionate love affair between two women in early modern Florence.

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Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns
Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns

Five nuns set out in the early 1700s from their cloistered convent in Madrid, Spain, to travel halfway around the world to Lima, Peru. The journey lasted three years -- an odyssey not all of them would complete.

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Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture
Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture
The aim of this book is to encapsulate the potential that digital technologies pose for Medieval Material Culture, providing examples of leading projects worldwide which are enabling new forms of research in this area. The text aims to provide a broad overview of the tools now used by historians, including text encoding, digitization, and visualization, and juxtaposing this with core concerns from historians investigating particular research questions. The third volume in the series, New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
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Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics
Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics
This book brings together a team of academics experienced in this new field to explore the practical aspects of electronic publication and reflect on the politics of the knowledge landscape that is emerging. Their accounts of such practical matters as Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and coding standards form part of a larger consideration of the new knowledge economy and how the humanities disciplines will fare in a world that increasingly trusts its cultural heritage to magnetism and laser optics rather than inks and paper. The second volume in the series, New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
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New Technologies and Renaissance Studies
New Technologies and Renaissance Studies

The first volume in the series, New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

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Romeo and Juliet: Searchable Database for Prompt Books
Romeo and Juliet: Searchable Database for Prompt Books
This site includes two fully-searchable databases containing information from approximately 170 prompt-books for productions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. These productions range from the seventeenth century to the 1980s. Data was assembled by Jill Levenson during the preparation of her Oxford Shakespeare edition of the play.
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The Electronic Capito Project
The Electronic Capito Project
Provides access to the full text of letters from and to Wolfgang Faber Capito (c. 1478-1541).
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Medici Archive Project
Medici Archive Project
Documentary Sources for the Arts and Humanities in the Medici Granducal Archive, 1537-1743, is a fully searchable database describing hundreds of volumes of documents in the Medici Granducal Archive (Archivio Mediceo del Principato).
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Baptisteria Sacra Index
Baptisteria Sacra Index
An extensive inventory list of baptismal fonts dating from the early Christian period to the 17th century.
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Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey
Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey

This volume brings together new scholarship in Italian art and culture from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries first presented during April and May 2007 at two conferences celebrating Charles Dempsey on his retirement from teaching at The Johns Hopkins University.

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Creating Magnificence in Renaissance Florence
Creating Magnificence in Renaissance Florence

Peter Howard carefully reconstructs the concept of magnificence by tracing its development through Archbishop Antoninus's texts and his mendicant career in 1420s Florence.

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Marriage in Premodern Europe: Italy and Beyond
Marriage in Premodern Europe: Italy and Beyond

The articles in this volume provide an overview of the issues and complexities that informed marriage in the premodern West.

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Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe; Essays in Honour of Barbara Todd
Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe; Essays in Honour of Barbara Todd

This collection of essays shows the remarkable strides the study of gender has made in the decades since Barbara Todd helped reshape the field through her publications and teaching.

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Savonarola and Savonarolism
Savonarola and Savonarolism

Savonarola and Savonarolism retraces the history of the reformer's controversial Florentine period and examines his political, religious, and cultural legacy throughout the sixteenth century in Florence and beyond.

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Disreputable Bodies: Magic, Medicine, and Gender in Renaissance Natural Philosophy
Disreputable Bodies: Magic, Medicine, and Gender in Renaissance Natural Philosophy
Through a close reading of rarely studied materials, Sergius Kodera examines the contested position of the body in Renaissance philosophy, showing how abstract metaphysical ideas evolved in tandem with the creation of new metaphors that shaped the understanding of early modern political, cultural, and scientific practices.
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Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain
Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain

The idea that masculinity has a history is fairly recent. This collection opens new paths in literary and theatre studies by addressing not only how literary texts represented masculinity but how different representational strategies in such texts produce masculinity.

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Faith & Fantasy in the Renaissance
Faith & Fantasy in the Renaissance

These essays explore the intersection between religion and the creative forces of the individuals who wrote about sacred matters, practised their religion, or fashioned religious themes in their artwork.

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Ars Reminiscendi: Mind and Memory in Renaissance Culture
Ars Reminiscendi: Mind and Memory in Renaissance Culture

Acknowledging new direction in scholarship, this volume seeks to trace the plurality and complexity of memory's cultural work throughout the English and Continental Renaissance.

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Renaissance Medievalisms
Renaissance Medievalisms

The articles in this collection seek to contribute to the ongoing debate on the Renaissance and further our understanding of this brilliant period in European history and culture.

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Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

This collection of fifteen essays examines the literary influence of Ovid's Metamorphoses from the late Middle Ages to the seventeenth century.

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Christian Magistrate and Territorial Church: Johannes Brenz and the German Reformation
Christian Magistrate and Territorial Church: Johannes Brenz and the German Reformation

Johannes Brenz affected church life and shaped the Reformation in German-speaking countries well into the 1560s.

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Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi (2nd ed.)
Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi (2nd ed.)

In Florence, in the summer of 1501, a man named Antonio Rinaldeschi was arrested and hanged after throwing horse dung at an outdoor painting of the Virgin Mary. Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence unveils a series of newly discovered sources concerning this striking episode.

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The Premodern Teenager: Youth in Society 1150-1650
The Premodern Teenager: Youth in Society 1150-1650

Few scholars have focused on post-pubescent youth in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The seventeen essays in this volume seek to redress this imbalance by offering a sampling of the research currently underway in this field and of the various questions and methodologies that could be useful in the study of teenagers in the 13th-17th centuries.

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A Reformation Debate: Three Treatises in Translation: Karlstadt, Emser, and Eck on Sacred Images
A Reformation Debate: Three Treatises in Translation: Karlstadt, Emser, and Eck on Sacred Images

These three treatises (which are translated here for the first time into English) established the terms of reference for one of the most important debates of the Reformation, one that was accompanied in many parts of Europe and England by the violent destruction of images.

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The True Law of Free Monarchies and Basilikon Doron
The True Law of Free Monarchies and Basilikon Doron

Absolute monarch, scholar, pedant, wit, radical thinker, philosopher-king? James I's unique writings are more often known of than known and read. The True Law of Free Monarchies is a theoretical justification of the divine right of kings; Basilikon Doron (or the king's gift) is a pragmatic guide, a "how to" book, that combines James's personal experiences as king of Scotland, with his scholarly and literary notions of the ideal comportment of the monarch.

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