Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Renaissance Woman” as Want to Read:
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 ...more
(first published May 6th 2005)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
There has been so much written on the Renaissance, but this book is especially enlightening because it focuses on the impact of the movement on women. The author does a wonderful job of comparing the Renaissance with its spread of knowledge and ideas to the religious intolerance of the Counter Reformation, a movement which brought a halt to intellectual development and returned women to an inferior position. Some of the most remarkable women such as Elizabeth the 1st and Vitoria Colona are ...more
Share This Book
“This was the end of the Renaissance. Culture, once beloved and fostered by the papacy, opened the way to dangerous freedom. Then - as now - knowledge, culture, intellectual curiosity became suspect, even dangerous to oppressive regimes: knowledge leading to engaging the mind into reasoning, culture into wanting to know more, intellectual curiosity sharpening the appetite for information, fact. Ignorance was considered safe and political oppression went hand in hand with the congregation of the Inquisition.”More quotes…