Letters to Father
When she was 13, Virginia Galilei, eldest daughter of the great scientist Galileo, was placed by her father in a convent near him in Florence and took the name Suor Maria Celeste. Unable to see him except on his occasional visits, she wrote him continually, as her 124 surviving letters (which Galileo kept) attest. Now, for the first time, all of these letters are reproduce...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Walker Books Ltd
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These are actual letters written to Galileo from his daughter, a cloistered nun, who entered the convent (near Florence, Italy)at the age of 13. I'm a history nut, so to read these letters and get a feel of what their life was like in the early 1600s is wonderfully interesting! The way they spoke, what they ate, the politics and religious views of the time - every leter I read, I look forward to the next.
While cloistered in a convent, Galileo’s daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, wrote over one hundred letters to her father. This book is a collection of those surviving letters, a wonderful look into the lives of both daughter and the famous scientist, Galileo. Rich with historical details and tidbits, each letter is presented in the original Italian version as well as in its English translation. I delighted in both.