Gaia ServadioISBN: 1850434212;
Book Description 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 Labe, 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...
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