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A Mother’s Spiritual Dialogue, Meditations, and Elegies New
Lady Mary Carey examined her life and expressed her views in a handwritten manuscript created for self-reflection and restricted audiences of family and friends, rather than for print publication. Her poetry and prose, composed and revised between 1650 and 1658, were important enough to her inner circle that her autograph manuscript was copied in a fair hand in 1681.
The Letters of the commedia dell’arte diva Isabella Andreini (1562–1604) is a collection of epistles in fictional, anonymous, male and female voices, a “hermaphroditic” alternation of gender hitherto exceptional in letter writing. In her Letters Andreini reinvents the humanistic epistolary genre into a distinctive fusion of literary and dramatic performance.
The Faithful Virgins New
The present volume is the first printed edition of Polwhele’s first play, The Faithful Virgins, until now extant only in an unsigned manuscript in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. A tragicomedy apparently performed in London by the Duke’s Company ca. 1669–1671,The Faithful Virgins is altogether different in tone from Polwhele’s later prose comedy, The Frolicks; or, The Lawyer Cheated (1671), first printed by Cornell University Press in 1977.
The Spiritual Life and Other Writings New
Camilla Battista da Varano (1458–1524) was a Franciscan nun and the author of profound spiritual writings in both prose and verse. Raised in the princely household of Camerino in north-central Italy, she put her thorough humanist education to use explaining her own spiritual experience and delivering advice to others.
New Observations on the French Language, with Praises of Illustrious Learned Women New
Marguerite Buffet’s fascinating text allows today’s readers to experience the vibrant and provocative salon culture of seventeenth-century France by bringing to life its sounds, conversations, and participants. Lynn Meskill’s elegant and faithful translation conveys the voices of Buffet’s female contemporaries as they shape French language and engage fully in early modern culture wars.
The Carleton Bigamy Trial New
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender's 2023 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition
The seven pamphlets in this edition focus on Mary Carleton’s bigamy trial, a trial in which the accused eloquently defends herself and is ultimately acquitted. Written in the early years of the English Restoration, they demonstrate that narratives presenting what “she said” and what ”he said” can reveal, forcefully and painfully, how truth can be fragmented in the different arenas of law, love, and politics.
The Art of Childbirth: A Seventeenth-Century Midwife’s Epistolary Treatise to Doctor Vallant: A Bilingual Edition
The treatise on the art of childbirth by Marie Baudoin (1625–1700), head midwife and governor of the Hôtel-Dieu, Clermont-Ferrand, sent to her powerful Parisian patron, Dr. Vallant, illuminates the knowledge-making practices of a provincial midwife. The story of how her voice came to be expressed, recorded, and archived begs the question: was she exceptional because she was herself extraordinary, or because her voice has reached us through Vallant’s careful archival thinking and practices?
News from the Midell Regions and Calthorpe’s Chapel
This first print edition of two extant manuscripts by Dorothy Calthorpe (1648–1693) introduces a new seventeenth-century woman writer to the growing canon of early modern female authors. The edition provides transcriptions of the manuscripts and Calthorpe’s will, as well as a hefty apparatus that features a comprehensive introduction to Calthorpe, her family, and her work; a Glossary of Persons who figured in her writing and her life; and two genealogical charts.
Two Lives of Saint Colette. With a Selection of Letters by, to, and about Colette
Winner of the 2022 Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender's Award for a Scholarly Edition in Translation
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, December 2022
Saint Colette of Corbie was a great French reformer of the Franciscan Order and the founder of seventeen convents. Though of humble origin, she attracted the support of pow-erful patrons and important Church officials.
Travels into Spain
Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, baronne d’Aulnoy (1652–1705) was the first Frenchwoman to write, publicize, and publish, in 1691, the account of her travels into Spain as an independent woman. Considered the authority on things Spanish for nearly two centuries, until positivist historiographers labelled it fake, her Travels can now be appreciated for her ironic female gaze on realities concealed from male travelers and her unabashedly female and often playful voice.
Far from Home in Early Modern France: Three Women’s Stories
Lovers’ Debates for the Stage: A Bilingual Edition
The actress and author Isabella Andreini won international renown playing the bold, versatile, and intellectual innamorata of the commedia dell’arte. After her death, her husband Francesco Andreini continued publishing her works, among them the thirty-one amorosi contrasti, or debates, presented in this volume, which enable readers to envision the commedia dell’arte through the words of its most revered diva.
Selected Letters, 1514–1543
A Mother’s Manual for the Women of Ferrara: A Fifteenth-Century Guide to Pregnancy and Pediatrics
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, July 2023
Around 1460, Michele Savonarola produced the extraordinary Mother’s Manual for the Women of Ferrara. This gynecological, obstetrical, and pediatric treatise is the first of its kind written in a European vernacular, so that it could be potentially read not only by the learned, who communicated in Latin, but also by pregnant and nursing mothers and the midwives and wet nurses who presided over childbirth.
Selected Letters, 1523–1546: A Bilingual Edition
Vittoria Colonna was the most celebrated woman writer of the Italian Renaissance. The selection of Colonna’s letters presented here for the first time in a translated edition, written to and from writers, artists, popes, cardinals, employees, and family members, place Colonna at the center of intersecting epistolary networks as a political actor, a theological thinker, a literary practitioner, and a caring friend.
A True Account of My Life and Selected Meditations
Born in the early 1620s to parents of Scottish descent who were servants in Charles I’s household, Anne, Lady Halkett (née Murray), grew up on fringes of the English court during a period of increasing political tension. From 1644 to 1699, Halkett recorded her personal and political experiences in both England and Scotland in a series of manuscript meditations and an autobiographical narrative (A True Account of My Life).
Book of the Body Politic
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, October 2022
Christine de Pizan’s Body Politic (1406–1407) is the first political treatise to have been written by a woman. It still resounds today, urging the need for probity in public life and the importance of responsibilities as well as rights.
One Body with Two Souls Entwined: An Epic Tale of Married Love in Seventeenth-Century Poland: Orphan Girl: The Oleśnicki Episode
Following on from The Aesop Episode, this episode sees the poetess Anna Stanisławska (1651–1701) recounting what was a hoped-for felicitous future. However, this is an age of tears and personal calamities; and war, broken faith, and Stanisławska’s resolve to maintain agency over her life will ultimately lead to marital conflict.
Letters and Poems to and from Her Mentor and Other Members of Her Circle
Winner of the 2021 Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender's Award for a Scholarly Edition in Translation
Anna Maria van Schurman was widely regarded as the most erudite woman in seventeenth-century Europe. This volume presents in translation a remarkable collection of her letters and poems—many of which were previously unpublished—that span almost four decades of her life, from 1631 to 1669.
Letters from Spain: A Seventeenth-Century French Noblewoman at the Spanish Royal Court
The God of Love’s Letter and The Tale of the Rose: A Bilingual Edition
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, February 2022
The God of Love’s Letter (1399), Christine de Pizan’s first defense of women, is arguably her most succinct statement about gender. The Tale of the Rose (1402) responds to the growth in chivalric orders for the defense of women by arguing that women, not men, should choose members of the “Order of the Rose.”
Letters on Natural Philosophy: The Scientific Correspondence of a Sixteenth-Century Pharmacist, with Related Texts
Honorable Mention, 2021 Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender's Award for a Scholarly Edition in Translation
In her Letters on Natural Philosophy, published originally in Krakow in 1584, Camilla Erculiani proposed her new theory of the natural causes of the universal flood in the biblical book of Genesis.
Selected Poetry, Prose, and Translations, with Contextual Materials
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender's 2022 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition
This volume provides a collection of Anne Vaughan Lock’s works presented in modern spelling, and it includes additional contemporary materials that place her voice in the larger context of the Tudor period, offering insight into the intertwined complexities of political, social, and religious life in sixteenth-century England.
Beauty and the Beast: The Original Story
Love Enamored and Driven Mad
The Huguenot Experience of Persecution and Exile: Three Women’s Stories
From Arcadia to Revolution: The Neapolitan Monitor and Other Writings
Winner of the 2020 Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender's Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition
Eleonora Fonseca Pimentel was a poet, a political writer, a journalist, and a politician. She was the editor, and virtually the only writer of the Monitore Napoletano (Neapolitan Monitor), the journal in which she recorded the events and debates that took place in the short-lived Neapolitan Jacobin Republic of 1799.
Women's Household Drama: Loves Victorie, A Pastorall, and The concealed Fansyes
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender's Prize for Best Teaching Edition of a Work on Women and Gender Published in 2018
This volume presents three plays by women that were written in specific household contexts and survive in distinctive handwritten copies dating from their authors’ lifetimes.
Women's Speaking Justified and Other Pamphlets
Poems and Fancies with The Animal Parliament
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender's Josephine Roberts Award for the Best Scholarly Edition on Women and Gender in 2018
Margaret Cavendish offers views on physics, chemistry, algebraic geometry, medicine, political philosophy, ethics, psychology, and animal intelligence, as she develops her own theory of vital matter within the scope of nature’s ordering principles.
The Buffoons, A Ridiculous Comedy. A Bilingual Edition
Honorable Mention - Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender's Prize for Best Translated Edition of a Work on Women and Gender Published in 2018
This translation makes The Buffoons, the first female-authored comedy printed in Italy, available to Anglophone readers for the first time. Published in 1641, this burlesque play depicts the mismatched sexual desires of a prince and princess.
Mirtilla, A Pastoral. A Bilingual Edition
Isabella Andreini was the most famous actress of the Italian Renaissance. She was also a playwright; in fact, the first woman to publish a pastoral. This modern edition and translation subtly captures the novelty, as well as the imaginative pyrotechnics, of a brilliant, self-made virtuosa of the stage.
The Ship of Virtuous Ladies
Witness, Warning, and Prophecy: Quaker Women's Writing, 1655-1700
The forty texts collected in this volume offer a small but representative sample of Quaker women’s tremendous literary output between 1655 and 1700. They include examples of key Quaker literary genres—proclamations, directives, warnings, sufferings, testimonies, polemic, pleas for toleration—and showcase a range of literary styles and voices.
"Pamphilia to Amphilanthus" in Manuscript and Print
Mary Wroth’s private manuscript, printed here for the first time, shows her to be a greater poet — a more psychologically insightful, verbally sophisticated, and boldly original poet than scholars realized, while her carefully curated, re-conceptualized printed collection shows her to be a remarkably self-reflexive and critically astute writer.
Selected Philosophical, Scientific, and Autobiographical Writings
Marie-Geneviève-Charlotte Thiroux d’Arconville combined fierce intellectual ambition with the proper demeanor of the wife of a leading magistrate. Always publishing anonymously, her works included moralist philosophy, scientific and literary translations, original scientific research, fiction, and history.
Othea’s Letter to Hector
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, September 2017
Othea’s Letter to Hector, one of Christine de Pizan’s most popular works, is at the same time one of her most complex creations. Combining a somewhat Sibylline verse text based on a mythological figure with extensive citation of pagan sapiential authorities, the Bible, and the Church Fathers, it showcases Christine’s extraordinary learning and her innovative approach to didacticism.
Midwife to the Queen of France: Diverse Observations
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2018 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2017
Diverse Observations is a groundbreaking book available for the first time in English. Written by a midwife committed to improving the care of women and newborns, it records the evolution of Bourgeois’s practice and beliefs, comments on changing attitudes related to reproductive health, and critiques the gendered elitism of the early modern medical hierarchy.
Duchess and Hostage in Renaissance Naples: Letters and Orations
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, November 2016
This volume presents in translation 100 previously unknown letters of Ippolita Maria Sforza (1445–1488), daughter of the Duke of Milan, who was sent at age twenty to marry the son of the infamously brutal King Ferrante of Naples. Sforza’s letters display the adroit diplomacy she used to strengthen the alliance between Milan and Naples, then the two most powerful states in Italy.
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2018 Scholarly Edition in Translation Award for a work published in 2017
Isabella d’Este (1474–1539), daughter of the Este dukes of Ferrara and wife of Marchese Francesco II Gonzaga of Mantua, co-regent of the Gonzaga state, art collector, musician, diplomat, dynastic mother, traveler, reader, gardener, fashion innovator, and consummate politician, was also, as this volume attests, a prolific letter writer with a highly developed epistolary network.
Sin and Salvation in Early Modern France: Three Women’s Stories
The texts available here in English for the first time open a window into the lives of three early modern Frenchwomen as they explore the common themes of family, memory, sin, and salvation: the Regrets of Marguerite d’Auge (1600), the Memoirs of Renée Burlamacchi (1623), and the Genealogy of Jeanne du Laurens (1631), are taken from different genres of historical writings.
The Book of the Mutability of Fortune
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, May 2016
Christine de Pizan (ca. 1364–ca. 1431) has long been recognized as France’s first professional woman of letters, and interest in her voluminous and wide-ranging corpus has been steadily rising for decades. In The Mutability of Fortune, Christine fuses world history with autobiography to demonstrate mankind’s subjugation to the ceaselessly changing, and often cruel, whims of Fortune.
Anna Trapnel’s Report and Plea; or, A Narrative of Her Journey from London into Cornwall
In 1654, Anna Trapnel — a Baptist, Fifth Monarchist, millenarian, and visionary from London — fell into a trance during which she prophesied passionately and at length against Oliver Cromwell and his government. Her Report and Plea offers fascinating insight into the life and times of an early modern woman claiming her place at the center of the tumultuous political events of mid-seventeenth-century England.
Women Playwrights of Early Modern Spain
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2017 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2016
This volume presents ten plays by three leading women playwrights of Spain’s Golden Age. Included are four bawdy and outrageous comic interludes; a full-length comedy involving sorcery, chivalry, and dramatic stage effects; and five short religious plays satirizing daily life in the convent.
Memoirs of the Count of Comminge and The Misfortunes of Love
These translations from the French bring two of Claudine-Alexandrine de Tencin’s novels back to life: The Memoirs of the Count of Comminge (1735), and The Misfortunes of Love (1747). Like the work of Abbé Prévost and Pierre de Marivaux, they were important contributions to the early sentimental novel. They also anticipated the gothic novels of Ann Radcliffe which appeared later in the century.
Mother Juana de la Cruz, 1481–1534: Visionary Sermons
Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2017 Scholarly Edition in Translation Award for a work published in 2016
Juana de la Cruz (1481–1534) is a unique figure in the history of the Catholic Church, thanks to her public visionary experiences. Juana’s so called “sermons” form a fascinating window into Castilian religiosity in the early sixteenth century.
Letters to Her Sons, 1447–1470
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2017 Teaching Edition Award for a work published in 2016
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, October 2015
The seventy-three surviving letters written by Florentine widow, Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi (c.1406–1471), to her distant sons are here translated into English in their entirety for the first time, and constitute a most precious testimony regarding both private and public life in the mid-fifteenth century.
Orphan Girl: A Transaction, or an Account of the Entire Life of an Orphan Girl by way of Plaintful Threnodies in the Year 1685. The Aesop Episode
Anna Stanislawska (1651-1701) meticulously reconstructed in an epic poem the episode of her forced marriage to the deviant son of the Castellan of Kraków. Barry Keane's idiomatic and inventive verse translation brings to life this poetic account of a remarkable tale of triumph in the face of overwhelming oppression.
Educating English Daughters: Late Seventeenth-Century Debates
Bathsua Makin describes the appropriate education for London merchants’ daughters, arguing that girls should be educated and should aspire to follow learned women in history, and that educated women improve their families and themselves. Mary More argues that women have the right to an education, and that such an education shows that the inequality of married women under English law is a man-made institution.
Letters from the Queen of Navarre with an Ample Declaration
This edition presents in English, for the first time, Jeanne d’Albret’s Letters, together with her Ample Declaration (1568) defending her decampment to the Protestant stronghold of La Rochelle. A historical-biographical introduction situates these writings in the larger context of Reformation politics and examines in detail the specific literary characteristics of her memoir.
The Wealth of Wives: A Fifteenth-Century Marriage Manual
Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2016 Scholarly Edition in Translation Award for a work published in 2015
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, March 2015
In 1415, Francesco Barbaro produced a marriage manual intended at once for his friend, a scion of the Florentine Medici family, and for the young nobility of Venice. The Wealth of Wives circulated in more than 100 manuscript versions, five Latin editions, and translations into German, Italian, French, and English.
Writings of Resistance
In her autobiographical Report on Captivity, Angélique de Saint-Jean Arnauld d’Andilly (1624–1684), abbess of Port-Royal, recounts her personal methods of spiritual resistance as she and her fellow nuns underwent waves of persecution resulting in exile, house arrest, interdict, and excommunication. Her voluminous theological writings present the theoretical basis for this resistance.
The Pleasant Nights
A sixteenth-century bestseller, The Pleasant Nights is today a fundamental text for European folk and fairy tale studies, for alongside triumphal and tragic love stories, comical tales of practical jokes, and accounts of witty retorts, Straparola (1480?–1557?) placed some of the first fairy tales printed in Europe. This book presents the first new and complete English translation of Straparola’s tales and riddles to be published since the nineteenth century.
Spiritual Writings of Sister Margaret of the Mother of God (1635-1643)
In 1635, Margaret Van Noort, a lay sister of the royal convent of Discalced Carmelite nuns in Brussels, composed her spiritual autobiography. This text was followed by two diaries in 1636 and 1637. Now gathered in this volume, these works illustrate Margaret’s development from a troubled young lay sister into a woman of spiritual experience and authority.
Writings on the Sisters of San Luca and Their Miraculous Madonna
The Bolognese nun Diodata Malvasia was presumed to have authored only one work, The Arrival and the Miraculous Workings of the Glorious Image of the Virgin (1617). In her recently discovered second chronicle, A Brief Discourse on What Occurred to the Most Reverend Sisters of the Joined Convents of San Mattia and San Luca (1575), her writing demonstrates active resistance to convent reform. Together, Malvasia’s works read as the bookends to a lifelong crusade on behalf of her convent.
Selected Drama and Verse
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2016 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2015
This edition presents, for the first time in English, a selection from the repertoire of the first Polish woman dramatist, Princess Franciszka Urszula Radziwillowa (1705–1753), with a historical-biographical Introduction incorporating interpretations of her works.
Challenges to Traditional Authority: Plays by French Women Authors, 1650-1700
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2016 Award for a Teaching Edition published in 2015
The four works included here, translated into English for the first time, represent the diversity of genres cultivated by women playrights, while reflecting both the cultural milieu of the era and a concern for the status of women.
Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2015 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2014
This edition assembles a diverse array of scathing polemic and loft praise, diplomatic reports, and letters by Catherine de Médicis, which together show how one extraordinary woman’s rule intersected with early modern conceptions of gender, maternity, and power.
Complete Poems: A Bilingual Edition
Veronica Gambara (1485 – 1550) was one of the most celebrated lyric poets of early sixteenth-century Italy. This book presents the first complete bilingual edition of Gambara’s verse. It sheds light on the unique interrelationship between Gambara’s cultural currency and her political power, as she drew on her literary talent to participate in the political arena to emerge as one of the first women poet-rulers of the Early Modern Italian tradition.
Tales and Trials of Love, Concerning Venus’s Punishment of Those Who Scorn True Love and Denounce Cupid’s Sovereignty. A Bilingual Edition and Study
In Tales and Trials of Love, Jeanne Flore (whose identity remains a mystery) depicts an ideal notion of love as a mutually beneficial relationship upheld in a world governed by Venus and Cupid. These seven tales illustrate various obstacles to that ideal and the consequences of denouncing Cupid’s sovereignty.
Poems, Emblems, and The Unfortunate Florinda
Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2015 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2014
Written during the 1640s, 50s, and 60s, Lady Hester Pulter’s Poems, Emblems, and The Unfortunate Florinda addresses some of the most pressing issues confronting early modern England, including the social status of women.
L’Honnête Femme: The Respectable Woman in Society and the New Collection of Letters and Responses by Contemporary Women
Russian Women Poets of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: A Bilingual Edition
In the wake of Peter the Great’s westernizing reforms, Russians raced to build the kind of modern literary culture that Europeans had achieved centuries earlier. Until recently, women’s contribution to this fascinating period of rapid assimilation and creation has been ignored. This volume challenges us to reimagine the early Russian literary canon, by considering a broad range of pioneering women poets who remain largely unknown, even in their homeland.
The Life and Writings of Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza
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.
“My Rare Wit Killing Sin”: Poems of a Restoration Courtier
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.
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).
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. This volume offers the first complete modern version of the 1717 second edition.
Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern France: Treatises by Caring Physicians and Surgeons (1581–1625)
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2014 Award for a Teaching Edition published in 2013
Why did pregnancy and birth attract so much attention in early modern France? This edition translates and discusses works by four key physicians and one surgeon, revealing how these practitioners are distinguished by their particularly caring attitudes.
Partenia, A Pastoral Play. A Bilingual Edition
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2014 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2013
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.
Three Spanish Querelle Texts: Grisel and Mirabella, The Slander against Women, and The Defense of Ladies against Slanderers
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2014 Scholarly Edition in Translation Award for a work published in 2013
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, April 2013
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 (ca. 1445) and Flores' Grisel and Mirabella (ca. 1475) circulated widely among Spanish readers throughout the sixteenth century.
Letters Familiar and Formal
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2013 Scholarly Edition in Translation Award for a work published in 2012
Arcangela Tarabotti (1604-1652) was compelled to become a nun against her will. 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 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 published in 2012
This is the first printed edition of a manuscript collection of verse important for an understanding of the culture of Henry VIII's court and women's central role in the exchange and enjoyment of poetry.
Journeys of a Mystic Soul in Poetry and Prose
English Women Staging Islam, 1696-1707
Letters to Francesco Datini
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, February 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. This collection presents eight fairy tales (most never before translated into English) by the most prominent women authors.
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.
Saints' Lives and Bible Stories for the Stage: A Bilingual Edition
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.
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
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Translation of the Month, January 2011
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. 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.
Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns
Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2010 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2009
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.
Social Knowledge Creation in the Humanities: Volume 1
The ubiquity of social media has transformed the scope and scale of scholarly communication in the arts and humanities. The consequences of this new participatory and collaborative environment for humanities research has allowed for fresh approaches to communicating research. Social Knowledge Creation takes up the norms and customs of online life to reorient, redistribute, and oftentimes flatten traditional academic hierarchies. This book discusses the implications of how humanists communicate with the world and looks to how social media shapes research methods.
Early Modern Studies after the Digital Turn
A Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript (BL MS Add 17,492)
This volume of the New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies series is the Devonshire Manuscript (BL MS Add. 17492), a verse miscellany belonging to the 1530s and early 1540s. This edition publishes the contents of the manuscript in their entirety, documenting well the manuscript's place as the earliest sustained example in English of men and women writing together in a community.
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.
Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics
This book explores 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.
New Technologies and Renaissance Studies
The first volume of the series, New Technologies and Renaissance Studies, presents a collection of contributions from the the annual "conference within a conference" of the same name which takes place during the Renaissance Sociey of America (RSA) gathering, dedicated specifically to the intersection of computational methods and Renaissance Studies. Papers in this volume are from their inception at the 2001 meeting in Chicago to the 2005 meeting in Cambridge.
The Lyrics of the Henry VIII Manuscript
Averrunci or The Skowrers: Ponderous and new considerations upon the first six books of the Annals of Cornelius Tacitus concerning Tiberius Caesar (Genoa, Biblioteca Durazzo, MS. A IV 5)
The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and Others: a Critical Edition of the Texts and Tunes 2
The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and Others: a Critical Edition of the Texts and Tunes 1
Patriarchy, Honour, and Violence: Masculinities in Premodern Europe
The Male Body and Social Masculinity in Premodern Europe
Crossing premodern Europe, the essays in this volume examine how masculinity was constructed by external presentation, such as hair, musculature, sexual prowess, clothing, and honourable behaviour, or deconstructed through bodily defects such a virginity, impotence, castration, non-normative sexuality, or shameful behaviour. Together, they reveal the fluctuations that men experienced and explore how social and embodied masculinity intersected and could reconstruct or redefine masculinity as social and cultural values modified.
Idealizing Women in the Italian Renaissance
Between the fifteenth and seventeenth century, Italy was home to an animated debate on the role of women in society, history, and religion. Despite this open and fruitful dialogue, women were still idealized according to a strict model of female virtue based on a culture of honour and chastity that was reflected in the arts as well as in law and daily life. The volume analyses this process of idealization, the rhetorical, philosophical, or historical tools used, and how this vision differed from theory and practice.
“We are All Servants”: The Diversity of Service in Premodern Europe (1000–1700)
Service permeated premodern Europe and was a key concept for defining relationships. This volume explores simultaneously the medieval and early modern periods, and considers service and servants through multiple discourses and in a wide variety of contexts. The volume brings together an interdisciplinary and international team of scholars who study a highly diverse group of servants: male and female, young and old, lay and religious, of both high and low status, with few or great expectations for their future.
Good Government and Church Order: Essays on the Role of Secular Authority in the German Reformation
The essays in this volume, written over the span of five decades, are in most cases an exploration of the often unrecognized or poorly understood relationships among four reformers who were advocates of governmental responsibility for religious reform: Erasmus of Rotterdam, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and Johannes Brenz.
Confraternities in Southern Italy: Art, Politics, and Religion (1100–1800)
Confraternity studies has been one of the most innovative and active fields of scholarly inquiry in the last several decades, yet few scholars have ventured beyond the traditional focus on northern Italian communities. This ambitious volume addresses the historical and historiographical origins of these scholarly biases, introduces the vibrant yet understudied world of southern Italian confraternities, and provides many suggestions for areas of future research and comparative analysis.
Leo Africanus Discovers Comedy: Theatre and Poetry Across the Mediterranean
Making a Play for God: The Sacre Rappresentazioni of Renaissance Florence (vol. 1)
Making a Play for God: The Sacre Rappresentazioni of Renaissance Florence (vol. 2)
Exploration and Revelation: French Renaissance Studies in Honour of Colin Eisler
Under the aegis of discerning patrons such as Francis I, Henri II, and Catherine de’ Medici, France developed a rich artistic vocabulary dominated by elongated figures, inventive decorative motifs, and intriguing subject matter. The volume’s contributors explore different aspects of the extant material record and how it was shaped.
Eternal Ephemera: The Papal Possesso and Its Legacies in Early Modern Rome
Crusade Propaganda in Word and Image in Early Modern Italy: Niccolò Guidalottos’ Panorama of Constantinople (1662)
The Saint between Manuscript and Print: Italy 1400-1600
Medici Women: The Making of a Dynasty in Grand Ducal Tuscany
The Medici grand ducal family and the court it created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have long fascinated historians and the general public. It is only in the last decade or so that scholars have begun to reassess their roles and achievements. The aim of this book is to advance that reassessment.
Collaboration, Conflict, and Continuity in the Reformation. Essays in Honour of James M. Estes on His Eightieth Birthday
For several decades James M. Estes has been pointing to the complexity of the problems facing sixteenth-century reformers and the practical solutions they were able to reach. The career of Johannes Brenz, the careful analytical thinking of Philip Melanchthon, and the incessant correspondence of Desiderius Erasmus, all serve as guideposts for Estes’ career as a scholar, but also for this collection of articles in his honour.
Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe: Contexts, Concepts, and Expressions
Creating Women: Representation, Self-Representation, and Agency in the Renaissance
Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey
The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe
Treating the devil not as a reified theological entity but as a dynamic concept that was made and remade over the centuries according to cultural priorities and the exigencies of circumstance, the articles in this collection probe how the devil and demonism operated as explanatory categories that helped create and rationalise experience, thereby shaping the way people lived their lives and understood their place and role in premodern Europe.
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. They provide a series of interdisciplinary and multicultural analyses of an institution that was fundamental across societies and cultures, but manifested in diverse practices and beliefs.
New Studies on Old Masters: Essays in Renaissance Art in Honour of Colin Eisler
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. In Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, gender conventions are examined in regard to men as well as women.
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.
The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain
Faith and Fantasy in the Renaissance: Texts, Images, and Religious Practices
A fundamental aspect of culture in all ages, religion was a particularly crucial issue in the Renaissance. Religion and imagination, or “faith and fantasy”, represent the theme of this volume. 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.
Power, Gender, and Ritual in Europe and the Americas: Essays in Memory of Richard C. Trexler
Richard C. Trexler (1932-2007) was one of our era’s most original historians. The seventeen articles in this collection are inspired by Trexler’s cholarly achievements and pay tribute to a scholar who never tired of pursuing new questions, overturning received assumptions, and sharing his enthusiasm for research with his colleagues and students.
Reformation Sources: The Letters of Wolfgang Capito and His Fellow Reformers in Alsace and Switzerland
The collection includes interpretive essays, text editions of two of Wolfgang Capito’s works and documents of a lawsuit that affected his establishment in the city, as well as studies of the problems of producing modern editions of Capito himself and his contemporaries Erasmus, Bucer, Bullinger, and Beza.
Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi (2nd ed.)
Fantasies of Troy: Classical Tales and the Social Imaginary in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
The fifteen essays in this volume offer compelling new treatments of these now-evaporated fantasies of Troy, which were central to the European social imaginary. The essays consider texts and performances of Troy across a wide generic range-from learned court poetry to burlesque, from treatises on linguistic history to public spectacles.
A Renaissance of Conflicts: Visions and Revisions of Law and Society in Italy and Spain
The Renaissance in the Nineteenth Century = Le XIXe siècle renaissant
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.
Facetiae. Jokes and Funny Stories from the Sixteenth Century
Heinrich Bebel (1472/73–1518), humanist poet and academic at the south-west German University of Tübingen, compiled his three books of facetiae (final authorized edition appearing in 1514). This first complete translation in English of Bebel’s many jokes and funny anecdotes will provide readers with a window into a Northern European culture of Renaissance laughter that is learned and yet celebrates the popular.
Godly Magistrates and Church Order: Johannes Brenz and the Establishment of the Lutheran Territorial Church in Germany, 1524-1559
Whether Secular Government Has the Right to Wield the Sword in Matters of Faith: A Controversy in Nürnberg, 1530
By the beginning of the 1530s, the governments of many German territories that had abolished Catholicism and established the Reformation had begun to impose strict uniformity of doctrine and worship on their subjects. In some communities, individuals who felt threatened by the impending orthodoxy raised their voices in protest. The texts in this volume record one such protest and the responses that it evoked.
A Reformation Debate: Three Treatises in Translation: Karlstadt, Emser, and Eck on Sacred Images (Second revised edition)
Galateo: A Renaissance Treatise on Manners
Kind-Heart’s Dream and Piers Plainness: Two Pamphlets from the Elizabethan Book Trade
In these two little-known pamphlets, published here for the first time together, you will find rollicking storytelling: Kind Heart’s Dream brings to life the dog-eat-dog world of the London marketplace, while Piers Plainness recounts the trials of an apprentice who tries to survive corrupt masters during the fallout of a political coup.
The Fables of Æsop: Paraphrased in Verse by John Ogilby and Adorned with Sculpture by Francis Cleyn (Franz Klein)
The Martin Marprelate Press: A Documentary History
The Martin Marprelate Press: A Documentary History offers a freshly edited collection of twenty primary documents, mainly from manuscript archival sources, connected with the underground press that produced the Martin Marprelate tracts (1588–1589), the anti-episcopal satires that sparked the most famous pamphlet war of the English Renaissance.
The True Law of Free Monarchies and Basilikon Doron
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.