Who Is Mary?: Three Early Modern Women on the Idea of the Virgin Mary (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Chicago Series)
For women of the Italian Renaissance, the Virgin Mary was one of the most important role models. Who Is Mary? presents devotional works written by three women better known for their secular writings: Vittoria Colonna, famed for her Petrarchan lyric verse; Chiara Matraini, one of the most original poets of her generation; and the wide-ranging, intellectually ambitious polem...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published October 1st 2008)
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Vittoria Colonna (April 1490/1492? - 25 February 1547), certainly the most renowned and successful woman writer of her age in Italy, was widely admired by her peers for her impeccable Petrarchan verses and her public image of unimpeachable chastity and piety. Her work went through numerous sixteenth-century editions, but these tailed off after the 1560s and subsequent editorial neglect belies her...moreMore about Vittoria Colonna...