Famous Women (Paperback)

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The first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women, "Famous Women" affords a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Virginia Brown''s acclaimed translation, commissioned for The I Tatti Renaissance Library, is the first English edition based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.

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Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780674011304
SKU 31103398
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0674011309
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
Author Info
Giovanni Boccaccio
The illegitimate son of a Tuscan merchant, Boccaccio spent his early years in Florence. In 1327 he moved to Naples with his father, where he studied banking, trade, and canon law before returning to Florence in 1341. Boccaccio lost most of his family, including his father, during the Black Death, which ravaged Europe in the mid-14th century. This catastrophic event served as the basis for his most famous work, the "Decameron". He spent many of his later years on his family's farm in Certaldo. Boccaccio was a close friend of Petrarch, whom he considered a mentor.
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Editors Note The first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women, Famous Women affords a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Virginia Brown's acclaimed translation, commissioned for The I Tatti Renaissance Library, is the first English edition based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.
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Number of Pages 0282
Publisher Harvard University Press
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