You are here

Iter Press: Books

Book

Women's Speaking Justified and Other Pamphlets New

Margaret Fell (1614–1702), one of the co-founders of the Society of Friends and a religious activist, was a prolific writer and distributor of Quaker pamphlets. This volume offers eight texts that span her writing career and represent her range of writing.

More Info
Book

"Poems and Fancies" with "The Animal Parliament" New

Margaret Cavendish offers views on physics, chemistry, algebraic geometry, medicine, political philosophy, ethics, psychology, and animal intelligence, as she develops her own theory of vital matter within the scope of nature’s ordering principles.

More Info
Book

The Buffoons, A Ridiculous Comedy. A Bilingual Edition New

This translation makes The Buffoons, the first female-authored comedy printed in Italy, available to Anglophone readers for the first time. Published in 1641, this burlesque play depicts the mismatched sexual desires of a prince and princess.

More Info
Book

Mirtilla, A Pastoral. A Bilingual Edition

Isabella Andreini was the most famous actress of the Italian Renaissance. She was also a playwright; in fact, the first woman to publish a pastoral. This modern edition and translation subtly captures the novelty, as well as the imaginative pyrotechnics, of a brilliant, self-made virtuosa of the stage.

More Info
Book

The Ship of Virtuous Ladies

First published in 1503 in Lyons, Symphorien Champier’s The Ship of Virtuous Ladies helped launch the French Renaissance version of the querelle des femmes, the debate over the nature and status of women.

More Info
Book

Witness, Warning, and Prophecy: Quaker Women's Writing, 1655-1700

The forty texts collected in this volume offer a small but representative sample of Quaker women’s tremendous literary output between 1655 and 1700. They include examples of key Quaker literary genres—proclamations, directives, warnings, sufferings, testimonies, polemic, pleas for toleration—and showcase a range of literary styles and voices.

More Info
Book

"Pamphilia to Amphilanthus" in Manuscript and Print

Mary Wroth’s private manuscript, printed here for the first time, shows her to be a greater poet — a more psychologically insightful, verbally sophisticated, and boldly original poet than scholars realized, while her carefully curated, re-conceptualized printed collection shows her to be a remarkably self-reflexive and critically astute writer.

More Info
Book

Othea’s Letter to Hector

Othea’s Letter to Hector, one of Christine de Pizan’s most popular works, is at the same time one of her most complex creations. Combining a somewhat Sibylline verse text based on a mythological figure with extensive citation of pagan sapiential authorities, the Bible, and the Church Fathers, it showcases Christine’s extraordinary learning and her innovative approach to didacticism.

More Info
Book

Selected Philosophical, Scientific, and Autobiographical Writings New

Marie-Geneviève-Charlotte Thiroux d’Arconville combined fierce intellectual ambition with the proper demeanor of the wife of a leading magistrate. Always publishing anonymously, her works included moralist philosophy, scientific and literary translations, original scientific research, fiction, and history.

More Info
Book

Midwife to the Queen of France: Diverse Observations

Diverse Observations is a groundbreaking book available for the first time in English. Written by a midwife committed to improving the care of women and newborns, it records the evolution of Bourgeois’s practice and beliefs, comments on changing attitudes related to reproductive health, and critiques the gendered elitism of the early modern medical hierarchy.

More Info
Book

Duchess and Hostage in Renaissance Naples: Letters and Orations

This volume presents in translation 100 previously unknown letters of Ippolita Maria Sforza (1445–1488), daughter of the Duke of Milan, who was sent at age twenty to marry the son of the infamously brutal King Ferrante of Naples. Sforza’s letters display the adroit diplomacy she used to strengthen the alliance between Milan and Naples, then the two most powerful states in Italy.

More Info
Book

Selected Letters

Isabella d’Este (1474–1539), daughter of the Este dukes of Ferrara and wife of Marchese Francesco II Gonzaga of Mantua, co-regent of the Gonzaga state, art collector, musician, diplomat, dynastic mother, traveler, reader, gardener, fashion innovator, and consummate politician, was also, as this volume attests, a prolific letter writer with a highly developed epistolary network.

More Info
Book

Sin and Salvation in Early Modern France: Three Women’s Stories

The texts available here in English for the first time open a window into the lives of three early modern Frenchwomen as they explore the common themes of family, memory, sin, and salvation: the Regrets of Marguerite d’Auge (1600), the Memoirs of Renée Burlamacchi (1623), and the Genealogy of Jeanne du Laurens (1631), are taken from different genres of historical writings.

More Info
Book

The Book of the Mutability of Fortune

Christine de Pizan (ca. 1364–ca. 1431) has long been recognized as France’s first professional woman of letters, and interest in her voluminous and wide-ranging corpus has been steadily rising for decades. In The Mutability of Fortune, Christine fuses world history with autobiography to demonstrate mankind’s subjugation to the ceaselessly changing, and often cruel, whims of Fortune.

More Info
Book

Autobiography and Letters of a Spanish Nun

In her autobiography and personal letters, María Vela y Cueto (1561–1617) speaks candidly of the obstacles, perils, and rewards of re-negotiating piety in a convent where devotion to God was no longer expressed through rigorous asceticism.

More Info
Book

Anna Trapnel’s Report and Plea; or, A Narrative of Her Journey from London into Cornwall

In 1654, Anna Trapnel — a Baptist, Fifth Monarchist, millenarian, and visionary from London — fell into a trance during which she prophesied passionately and at length against Oliver Cromwell and his government. Her Report and Plea offers fascinating insight into the life and times of an early modern woman claiming her place at the center of the tumultuous political events of mid-seventeenth-century England.

More Info
Book

Women Playwrights of Early Modern Spain

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2017 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2016

This volume presents ten plays by three leading women playwrights of Spain’s Golden Age. Included are four bawdy and outrageous comic interludes; a full-length comedy involving sorcery, chivalry, and dramatic stage effects; and five short religious plays satirizing daily life in the convent.

More Info
Book

Memoirs of the Count of Comminge and The Misfortunes of Love

These translations from the French bring two of Claudine-Alexandrine de Tencin’s novels back to life: The Memoirs of the Count of Comminge (1735), and The Misfortunes of Love (1747). Like the work of Abbé Prévost and Pierre de Marivaux, they were important contributions to the early sentimental novel.  They also anticipated the gothic novels of Ann Radcliffe which appeared later in the century.

More Info
Book

Mother Juana de la Cruz, 1481–1534: Visionary Sermons

Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2017 Scholarly Edition in Translation Award for a work published in 2016

Juana de la Cruz (1481–1534) is a unique figure in the history of the Catholic Church, thanks to her public visionary experiences. Juana’s so called “sermons” form a fascinating window into Castilian religiosity in the early sixteenth century.

More Info
Book

Letters to Her Sons, 1447–1470

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2017 Teaching Edition Award for a work published in 2016 

The seventy-three surviving letters written by Florentine widow, Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi (c.1406–1471), to her distant sons are here translated into English in their entirety for the first time, and constitute a most precious testimony regarding both private and public life in the mid-fifteenth century.

More Info
Book

Orphan Girl: A Transaction, or an Account of the Entire Life of an Orphan Girl by way of Plaintful Threnodies in the Year 1685. The Aesop Episode

Anna Stanislawska (1651-1701) meticulously reconstructed in an epic poem the episode of her forced marriage to the deviant son of the Castellan of Kraków. Barry Keane's idiomatic and inventive verse translation brings to life this poetic account of a remarkable tale of triumph in the face of overwhelming oppression.

More Info
Book

Educating English Daughters: Late Seventeenth-Century Debates

Bathsua Makin describes the appropriate education for London merchants’ daughters, arguing that girls should be educated and should aspire to follow learned women in history, and that educated women improve their families and themselves. Mary More argues that women have the right to an education, and that such an education shows that the inequality of married women under English law is a man-made institution.

More Info
Book

Letters from the Queen of Navarre with an Ample Declaration

This edition presents in English, for the first time, Jeanne d’Albret’s Letters, together with her Ample Declaration (1568) defending her decampment to the Protestant stronghold of La Rochelle. A historical-biographical introduction situates these writings in the larger context of Reformation politics and examines in detail the specific literary characteristics of her memoir.

More Info
Book

The Wealth of Wives: A Fifteenth-Century Marriage Manual

Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2016 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2015

In 1415, Francesco Barbaro produced a marriage manual intended at once for his friend, a scion of the Florentine Medici family, and for the young nobility of Venice. The Wealth of Wives circulated in more than 100 manuscript versions, five Latin editions, and translations into German, Italian, French, and English.

More Info
Book

Writings of Resistance

In her autobiographical Report on Captivity, Angélique de Saint-Jean Arnauld d’Andilly (1624–1684), abbess of Port-Royal, recounts her personal methods of spiritual resistance as she and her fellow nuns underwent waves of persecution resulting in exile, house arrest, interdict, and excommunication. Her voluminous theological writings present the theoretical basis for this resistance.

More Info
Book

The Pleasant Nights

A sixteenth-century bestseller, The Pleasant Nights is today a fundamental text for European folk and fairy tale studies, for alongside triumphal and tragic love stories, comical tales of practical jokes, and accounts of witty retorts, Straparola (1480?–1557?) placed some of the first fairy tales printed in Europe. This book presents the first new and complete English translation of Straparola’s tales and riddles to be published since the nineteenth century.

More Info
Book

Spiritual Writings of Sister Margaret of the Mother of God (1635-1643)

In 1635, Margaret Van Noort, a lay sister of the royal convent of Discalced Carmelite nuns in Brussels, composed her spiritual autobiography. This text was followed by two diaries in 1636 and 1637. Now gathered in this volume, these works illustrate Margaret’s development from a troubled young lay sister into a woman of spiritual experience and authority.

More Info
Book

Writings on the Sisters of San Luca and Their Miraculous Madonna

The Bolognese nun Diodata Malvasia was presumed to have authored only one work, The Arrival and the Miraculous Workings of the Glorious Image of the Virgin (1617). In her recently discovered second chronicle, A Brief Discourse on What Occurred to the Most Reverend Sisters of the Joined Convents of San Mattia and San Luca (1575), her writing demonstrates active resistance to convent reform. Together, Malvasia’s works read as the bookends to a lifelong crusade on behalf of her convent.

More Info
Book

Selected Drama and Verse

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2016 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2015

This edition presents, for the first time in English, a selection from the repertoire of the first Polish woman dramatist, Princess Franciszka Urszula Radziwillowa (1705–1753), with a historical-biographical Introduction incorporating interpretations of her works.

More Info
Book

Challenges to Traditional Authority: Plays by French Women Authors, 1650-1700

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2016 Award for a Teaching Edition published in 2015

The four works included here, translated into English for the first time, represent the diversity of genres cultivated by women playrights, while reflecting both the cultural milieu of the era and a concern for the status of women.

More Info
Book

Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2015 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2014

This edition assembles a diverse array of scathing polemic and loft praise, diplomatic reports, and letters by Catherine de Médicis, which together show how one extraordinary woman’s rule intersected with early modern conceptions of gender, maternity, and power.

More Info
Book

Complete Poems: A Bilingual Edition

Veronica Gambara (1485 – 1550) was one of the most celebrated lyric poets of early sixteenth-century Italy. This book presents the first complete bilingual edition of Gambara’s verse. It sheds light on the unique interrelationship between Gambara’s cultural currency and her political power, as she drew on her literary talent to participate in the political arena to emerge as one of the first women poet-rulers of the Early Modern Italian tradition.

More Info
Book

Tales and Trials of Love, Concerning Venus’s Punishment of Those Who Scorn True Love and Denounce Cupid’s Sovereignty. A Bilingual Edition and Study

In Tales and Trials of Love, Jeanne Flore (whose identity remains a mystery) depicts an ideal notion of love as a mutually beneficial relationship upheld in a world governed by Venus and Cupid. These seven tales illustrate various obstacles to that ideal and the consequences of denouncing Cupid’s sovereignty.

More Info
Book

Poems, Emblems, and The Unfortunate Florinda

Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2015 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2014

Written during the 1640s, 50s, and 60s, Lady Hester Pulter’s Poems, Emblems, and The Unfortunate Florinda addresses some of the most pressing issues confronting early modern England, including the social status of women.

More Info
Book

L’Honnête Femme: The Respectable Woman in Society and the New Collection of Letters and Responses by Contemporary Women

This edition offers a translation of two works by the seventeenth-century French Franciscan, Jacques Du Bosc: L’Honnête Femme (1632-36) in selected passages and the Nouveau recueil des lettres de dames de ce temps (1635) in its entirety.

More Info
Book

Russian Women Poets of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: A Bilingual Edition

In the wake of Peter the Great’s westernizing reforms, Russians raced to build the kind of modern literary culture that Europeans had achieved centuries earlier. Until recently, women’s contribution to this fascinating period of rapid assimilation and creation has been ignored. This volume challenges us to reimagine the early Russian literary canon, by considering a broad range of pioneering women poets who remain largely unknown, even in their homeland.

More Info
Book

The Life and Writings of Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza

Rejecting marriage and the convent, the Spanish noblewoman, poet, and religious activist Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza (Jaraicejo 1566–London 1614) led an uncommon life of adventure and spiritual devotion. This volume provides a scholarly introduction and translations of selections from her writings.

More Info
Book

The Poems and Letters of Tullia d'Aragona and Others: A Bilingual Edition

The figure of Tullia d’Aragona has long fascinated readers as the prototype of the “honest courtesan”, a woman who successfully exploited her physical and intellectual charms to win the adoration and respect of the Italian cultural elite. With Julia Hairston’s richly annotated edition of her collected verse, d’Aragona finally comes into focus also as poet.

More Info
Book

“My Rare Wit Killing Sin”: Poems of a Restoration Courtier

This is the first modern edition of verse by Anne Killigrew, a poet and portrait painter born in 1660 at the very start of the Restoration, who grew up as part of the complicated political, religious, and artistic worlds of the Restoration courts of Charles II and his brother James, Duke of York.

More Info
Book

Book M: A London Widow's Life Writings

This excellent piece of work brings a new and fascinating seventeenth-century voice to twenty-first-century readers interested in women’s studies, literature, and history. Book M by the London widow Katherine Austen lends itself well to modernization, and it will be a great contextual reading for courses on British Restoration culture and literature.

More Info
Book

Memoirs (1630-1680)

Granddaughter of James I of England, Sophia (1630–1714) began life a penniless princess in exile. She ended it as electress dowager of Hanover, an emerging European power. The memoirs, which recount the first fifty years of Sophia’s life, appear here in English for the first time in their entirety. Their publication in this series is particularly timely, as it coincides with the three hundredth anniversary of the Hanoverian succession (2014).

More Info
Book

The Christian Religion, as Professed by a Daughter of the Church of England

The Christian Religion, as Professed by a Daughter of the Church of England (1705) is the most mature and comprehensive statement of Mary Astell's religious and philosophical views. It also represents the culmination of Astell's feminist project to teach her fellow women how to lead useful lives of virtue and wisdom. This volume offers the first complete modern version of the 1717 second edition.

More Info
Book

Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern France: Treatises by Caring Physicians and Surgeons (1581–1625)

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2014 Award for a Teaching Edition published in 2013

Why did pregnancy and birth attract so much attention in early modern France? This edition translates and discusses works by four key physicians and one surgeon, revealing how these practitioners are distinguished by their particularly caring attitudes.

More Info
Book

Partenia, A Pastoral Play. A Bilingual Edition

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2014 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2013

The Other Voice's edition of Barbara Torelli's pastoral drama Partenia (c. 1586) is a groundbreaking contribution to the study of early modern Italian literature and women's writing. This is the first ever print edition of the earliest secular play by an Italian woman, acclaimed at the time of its composition.

More Info
Book

Three Spanish Querelle Texts. A Bilingual Edition and Study

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2014 Award for a Translation published in 2013

This volume brings together the two most influential voices in the Spanish querelle des femmes, Pere Torrellas (ca. 1420 - ca. 1492) and Juan de Flores (d. ca. 1503). Torrellas' Slander against Women (ca. 1445) and Flores' Grisel and Mirabella (ca. 1475) circulated widely among Spanish readers from the time of their composition throughout the sixteenth century.

More Info
Book

Letters Familiar and Formal

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2013 Award for a Translation published in 2012

Arcangela Tarabotti (1604-1652) was compelled to become a nun against her will. Tarabotti used her 1650 Letters—here published in translation for the first time—to defend and build her literary reputation while she also documented rough-and-tumble literary society in early modern Venice and material existence in an early modern convent.

More Info
Book

The Devonshire Manuscript: A Women's Book of Courtly Poetry

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2013 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2012

This is the first printed edition of a manuscript collection of verse important for an understanding of the culture of Henry VIII's court and women's central role in the exchange and enjoyment of poetry.

More Info
Book

Journeys of a Mystic Soul in Poetry and Prose

This edition, which offers a bilingual selection of poetry and selected prose translated into English by the nun-author Cecilia del Nacimiento (1570–1646), increases contemporary scholars' access to, and therefore understanding of, the Spanish early modern religious and intellectual milieu.

More Info
Book

English Women Staging Islam, 1696-1707

Delarivier Manley and Mary Pix were among the groundbreaking "female wits," who debuted their original plays for the public stage in 1695–96. Two of these plays contain explicitly Islamicate themes. The plays have been modernized and annotated in this edition, most for the first time.

More Info
Book

Letters to Francesco Datini

The letters of Margherita Datini to her husband, Francesco di Marco Datini (the subject of Iris Origo's popular biography, The Merchant of Prato), are here translated into English for the first time as a complete collection. They provide a fascinating portrait of urban life in late-medieval Tuscany and give us entrée to the couple's loving but volatile relationship.

More Info
Book

Exhortations to Women and to Others If They Please

For her last published volume, Lucrezia Marinella (1571?-1653) summons all her erudition and persuasive skill for a discussion of issues ranging from women's behavior to childrearing to the virtues necessary for orderly civic life. The author's bleak portrayal of an educated woman's life, together with her praise of traditional female virtues, is emblematic of the negative attitudes towards women's creativity and learning that had become prominent in seventeenth-century Italian culture.

More Info
Book

The Writings of an English Sappho

This edition of the writings of Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell (1540-1609) unites in one volume the varied corpus of a prolific early modern woman writer, including her unpublished correspondence, manuscript poems, monumental inscriptions and elegies, courtroom appearances, and ceremonial performances, as well as her printed translation, A Way of Reconciliation of a Good and Learned Man. In these formidable writings, women's erudition is defended as an inalienable birthright and a defining feature of femininity.

More Info
Book

No Good without Reward: Selected Writings: A Bilingual Edition

This volume presents in English the selected works of Liubov Krichevskaya (1800–1841?), arguably the first professional woman of letters in Ukraine. At times hopeful, at other times despairing, her literary works, written in Russian, explore the theme of woman's agency in contemporary society and include dramas, novellas, lyric poetry and an epistolary novel.

More Info
Book

The Chronicle of Le Murate

The Chronicle of Le Murate, completed by Sister Giustina Niccolini in 1598, is one of a small number of surviving documents that presents a nun's own interpretation and synthesis of historical events. It recounts the roughly two hundred–year history of Florence's largest convent, which attracted boarders, nuns and patrons from Italy's elite families. The manuscript provides a rare view of life behind the enclosure walls and of nuns' interaction with the world outside.

More Info
Book

In Dialogue with the Other Voice in Sixteenth-century Italy: Literary and Social Contexts for Women's Writing

This excellent collection of essays and texts surveys the culture and intellectual context of early modern Italy in order to render more intelligible the writing of Italian women.

More Info
Book

Leibniz and the Two Sophies: the Philosophical Correspondence

A critical edition of the philosophical correspondence between the seventeenth–century philosopher, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and his two royal patronesses, Electress Sophie of Hanover and her daughter, Queen Sophie Charlotte of Prussia. This is the first English translation of all the philosophically important material from the two correspondences.

More Info
Book

Enchanted Eloquence: Fairy Tales by Seventeenth–Century French Women Writers

In late seventeenth-century France, the conte de feés, or fairy tale, became a fashionable new genre. It was sophisticated and ironic women who not only inaugurated the vogue but also produced sixty–eight of the one hundred twelve tales published 1690–1709. This collection presents eight fairy tales (most never before translated into English) by the most prominent women authors.

More Info
Book

Celinda, A Tragedy: A Bilingual Edition

Valeria Miani's Celinda (1611), the only female–authored secular tragedy of early modern Italy, is here made available for the first time in a modern edition. Miani's tale of the doomed love of the Lydian princess Celinda for the cross–dressed Persian prince Autilio/Lucinia offers a striking example of the explorative attitude to gender identity that is such a marked characteristic of Italian drama in this period.

More Info
Book

Saints' Lives and Bible Stories for the Stage: A Bilingual Edition

This fresh translation of five plays securely authored by Antonia Pulci—one of the first published women writers in Renaissance Florence—reveals this gifted dramatist at her finest.

More Info
Book

Complete Poems: A Bilingual Edition

This new bilingual edition of Du Guillet's poems includes a richly detailed and up-to-date introduction and a translation that follows the original rhymes—a daunting undertaking performed with accuracy, humor and verve.

More Info
Book

Dramatizing Dido, Circe, and Griselda

One of the most acclaimed French poets from the turn of the eighteenth century and one of the rare women of the time to achieve recognition at court, Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Sainctonge was France's first female librettist. This volume provides the most in-depth biography of her ever published, but also the first appearance of any of her work in English.

More Info
Book

The True Medicine

One of the first printed medical texts to be attributed to a female author, The True Medicine (1587) is radically innovative in its rejection of contemporary medical theory for a more pro-feminist physiology and cosmology.

More Info
Book

Two Women of the Great Schism: The Revelations of Constance de Rabastens by Raymond de Sabanac and Life of the Blessed Ursulina of Parma by Simone Zanacchi

The Great Schism (1378–1417) divided Western Christendom into two groups: those who recognized a pope in Rome and those who recognized one in Avignon. This volume brings to life the extraordinary spiritual and political engagement of two late medieval women who refused to be passive bystanders as rival papal factions tore Christendom apart.

More Info
Book

Love in the Mirror: A Bilingual Edition

Love in the Mirror tells the unforgettable and path–breaking story of a passionate love affair between two women in early modern Florence.

More Info
Book

Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2010 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition published in 2009 

Five nuns set out in the early 1700s from their cloistered convent in Madrid, Spain, to travel halfway around the world to Lima, Peru. The journey lasted three years -- an odyssey not all of them would complete.

More Info
Book

Social Knowledge Creation in the Humanities: Volume 1

The ubiquity of social media has transformed the scope and scale of scholarly communication in the arts and humanities. The consequences of this new participatory and collaborative environment for humanities research has allowed for fresh approaches to communicating research. Social Knowledge Creation takes up the norms and customs of online life to reorient, redistribute, and oftentimes flatten traditional academic hierarchies. This book discusses the implications of how humanists communicate with the world and looks to how social media shapes research methods.

More Info
Book

Early Modern Studies after the Digital Turn

The essays collected in this volume address the digital humanities’ core tensions: fast and slow; surficial and nuanced; quantitative and qualitative. Every essay in this book is concerned with the human-machine dynamic, as it bears on early modern research objects and methods.

More Info
Book

A Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript (BL MS Add 17,492)

This volume of the New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies series is the Devonshire Manuscript (BL MS Add. 17492), a verse miscellany belonging to the 1530s and early 1540s. This edition publishes the contents of the manuscript in their entirety, documenting well the manuscript's place as the earliest sustained example in English of men and women writing together in a community.

More Info
Book

New Technologies and Renaissance Studies II

This volume brings together some of the best work from the New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies panels at the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) annual meetings for the years 2004–2010.

More Info
Book

Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture

The aim of this book is to encapsulate the potential that digital technologies pose for Medieval Material Culture, providing examples of leading projects worldwide which are enabling new forms of research in this area. The text aims to provide a broad overview of the tools now used by historians, including text encoding, digitization, and visualization, and juxtaposing this with core concerns from historians investigating particular research questions.

More Info
Book

Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics

This book explores the practical aspects of electronic publication and reflect on the politics of the knowledge landscape that is emerging. Their accounts of such practical matters as Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and coding standards form part of a larger consideration of the new knowledge economy and how the humanities disciplines will fare in a world that increasingly trusts its cultural heritage to magnetism and laser optics rather than inks and paper.

More Info
Book

In the Sultan’s Realm: Two Venetian Ambassadorial Reports on the Early Modern Ottoman Empire New

The two documents translated in this volume provide a detailed snapshot into the Ottoman Empire and its relations with Venice at a time of transition for both of these Mediterranean powers.

More Info
Book

New Technologies and Renaissance Studies

The first volume of the series, New Technologies and Renaissance Studies, presents a collection of contributions from the the annual "conference within a conference" of the same name which takes place during the Renaissance Sociey of America (RSA) gathering, dedicated specifically to the intersection of computational methods and Renaissance Studies. Papers in this volume are from their inception at the 2001 meeting in Chicago to the 2005 meeting in Cambridge.

More Info
Book

Renaissance Encyclopaedism: Studies in Curiosity and Ambition

The information explosion of the last two decades has triggered an interest in the historical precursors of such a phenomenon.

More Info
Book

Representing Heresy in Early Modern France

Heresy is a fluid concept, not easy to define or pinpoint, and certainly one that defies religious and political boundaries. The articles in this volume examine the varieties of perceptions and representations of heresy in early modern France.

More Info
Book

Rituals of Politics and Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honour of Edward Muir

This volume celebrates the considerable contributions of Edward Muir to the history of Renaissance Italy and early modern Europe.

More Info
Book

Crusade Propaganda in Word and Image in Early Modern Italy: Niccolò Guidalottos’ Panorama of Constantinople (1662)

This book carefully dissects and contextualizes a vast seventeenth-century panorama of Constantinople that is not only an exceptional representation of the city, but also an elaborate piece of anti-Ottoman propaganda.

More Info
Book

The Saint between Manuscript and Print: Italy 1400-1600

The twelve essays in this volume identify mutually interactive developments in media and saints’ cults at a time and in a place when both underwent profound change. Focusing on the Italian peninsula between 1400 and 1600, authors analyze specific sites of intense cultural production and innovation.

More Info
Book

Medici Women: The Making of a Dynasty in Grand Ducal Tuscany

The Medici grand ducal family and the court it created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have long fascinated historians and the general public.  It is only in the last decade or so that scholars have begun to reassess their roles and achievements. The aim of this book is to advance that reassessment.

More Info
Book

After Civic Humanism: Learning and Politics in Renaissance Italy

The thirteen essays in this volume demonstrate the multiplicity of connections between learning and politics in Renaissance Italy.

More Info
Book

Collaboration, Conflict, and Continuity in the Reformation. Essays in Honour of James M. Estes on His Eightieth Birthday

For several decades James M. Estes has been pointing to the complexity of the problems facing sixteenth-century reformers and the practical solutions they were able to reach. The career of Johannes Brenz, the careful analytical thinking of Philip Melanchthon, and the incessant correspondence of Desiderius Erasmus, all serve as guideposts for Estes’ career as a scholar, but also for this collection of articles in his honour.

More Info
Book

Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe: Contexts, Concepts, and Expressions

Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe explores ideas and instances of friendship in premodern Europe through a series of investigations into amity in discrete social and cultural contexts related to some of the most salient moments and expressions of European history and civilization.

More Info
Book

Neo-Latin and the Humanities: Essays in Honour of Charles E. Fantazzi

In their range and breadth, the essays in this collection illustrate the cultural force of Neo-Latin in Early Modern Europe.

More Info
Book

Creating Women: Representation, Self-Representation, and Agency in the Renaissance

This interdisciplinary and diverse collection of articles stems from a conference that centred on the idea of creating women. The verbal adjective in the title was meant to signal a dual meaning: women create and women are created by others.

More Info
Book

Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey

This volume brings together new scholarship in Italian art and culture from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries first presented during April and May 2007 at two conferences celebrating Charles Dempsey on his retirement from teaching at The Johns Hopkins University.

More Info
Book

Creating Magnificence in Renaissance Florence

Peter Howard carefully reconstructs the concept of magnificence by tracing its development through Archbishop Antoninus's texts and his mendicant career in 1420s Florence.

More Info
Book

The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe

Treating the devil not as a reified theological entity but as a dynamic concept that was made and remade over the centuries according to cultural priorities and the exigencies of circumstance, the articles in this collection probe how the devil and demonism operated as explanatory categories that helped create and rationalise experience, thereby shaping the way people lived their lives and understood their place and role in premodern Europe.

More Info
Book

Marriage in Premodern Europe: Italy and Beyond

The articles in this volume provide an overview of the issues and complexities that informed marriage in the premodern West. They provide a series of interdisciplinary and multicultural analyses of an institution that was fundamental across societies and cultures, but manifested in diverse practices and beliefs.

More Info
Book

New Studies on Old Masters: Essays in Renaissance Art in Honour of Colin Eisler

The twenty essays in this collection examine critical issues in Renaissance art. Written by students of Colin Eisler, professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University for fifty years, and dedicated to him, they serve as a tribute to this exceptional scholar.

More Info
Book

Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe; Essays in Honour of Barbara Todd

This collection of essays shows the remarkable strides the study of gender has made in the decades since Barbara Todd helped reshape the field through her publications and teaching. In Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, gender conventions are examined in regard to men as well as women.

More Info
Book

Savonarola and Savonarolism

Savonarola and Savonarolism retraces the history of the reformer's controversial Florentine period and examines his political, religious, and cultural legacy throughout the sixteenth century in Florence and beyond.

More Info
Open Access Book

Disreputable Bodies: Magic, Medicine, and Gender in Renaissance Natural Philosophy

Through a close reading of rarely studied materials, Sergius Kodera examines the contested position of the body in Renaissance philosophy, showing how abstract metaphysical ideas evolved in tandem with the creation of new metaphors that shaped the understanding of early modern political, cultural, and scientific practices.

More Info
Book

The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain

The idea that masculinity has a history is fairly recent. This collection opens new paths in literary and theatre studies by addressing not only how literary texts represented masculinity but how different representational strategies in such texts produce masculinity.

More Info
Book

Faith and Fantasy in the Renaissance: Texts, Images, and Religious Practices

A fundamental aspect of culture in all ages, religion was a particularly crucial issue in the Renaissance. Religion and imagination, or “faith and fantasy”, represent the theme of this volume. These essays explore the intersection between religion and the creative forces of the individuals who wrote about sacred matters, practised their religion, or fashioned religious themes in their artwork.

More Info
Book

Sport and Culture in Early Modern Europe = Le Sport dans la Civilisation de l’Europe Pré-Moderne

This volume deals with a wide range of sports from the thirteenth through to the seventeenth century, placing them within a variety of larger contexts.

More Info
Book

Ars Reminiscendi: Mind and Memory in Renaissance Culture

Acknowledging new direction in scholarship, this volume seeks to trace the plurality and complexity of memory's cultural work throughout the English and Continental Renaissance.

More Info
Book

Renaissance Medievalisms

The articles in this collection seek to contribute to the ongoing debate on the Renaissance and further our understanding of this brilliant period in European history and culture.

More Info
Book

Power, Gender, and Ritual in Europe and the Americas: Essays in Memory of Richard C. Trexler

Richard C. Trexler (1932-2007) was one of our era’s most original historians. The seventeen articles in this collection are inspired by Trexler’s cholarly achievements and pay tribute to a scholar who never tired of pursuing new questions, overturning received assumptions, and sharing his enthusiasm for research with his colleagues and students.

More Info
Book

The Renaissance in the Streets, Schools, and Studies: Essays in Honour of Paul F. Grendler

This volume brings together essays on the intellectual, cultural and social history of the Italian Renaissance, areas of inquiry that Paul F. Grendler has done so much to develop through the decades.

More Info
Book

Florence and Beyond: Culture, Society and Politics in Renaissance Italy: Essays in Honour of John M. Najemy

This volume celebrates the many contributions of John M. Najemy to the study of Florentine and Italian Renaissance history.

More Info
Book

Florence in the Time of the Medici: Public Celebrations, Politics, and Literature in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

This collection presents eight articles by one of the most influential scholars of Florentine culture in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Michel Plaisance.

More Info
Book

Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

This collection of fifteen essays examines the literary influence of Ovid's Metamorphoses from the late Middle Ages to the seventeenth century.

More Info
Book

Christian Magistrate and Territorial Church: Johannes Brenz and the German Reformation

Johannes Brenz affected church life and shaped the Reformation in German-speaking countries well into the 1560s.

More Info
Book

French Ceremonial Entries in the Sixteenth Century: Event, Image, Text

The articles in this volume use a variety of disciplinary approaches to examine, each in its own way, the interpretation of texts and archival documents that record French ceremonial entries in the sixteenth century.

More Info
Book

Reformation Sources: The Letters of Wolfgang Capito and His Fellow Reformers in Alsace and Switzerland

The collection includes interpretive essays, text editions of two of Wolfgang Capito’s works and documents of a lawsuit that affected his establishment in the city, as well as studies of the problems of producing modern editions of Capito himself and his contemporaries Erasmus, Bucer, Bullinger, and Beza.

More Info
Book

At the Centre of the Old World: Trade and Manufacturing in Venice and the Venetian Mainland, 1400–1800

The articles in this volume position Venice and her economy from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century in relation to the larger European and Mediterranean context.

More Info
Book

Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi (2nd ed.)

In Florence, in the summer of 1501, a man named Antonio Rinaldeschi was arrested and hanged after throwing horse dung at an outdoor painting of the Virgin Mary. Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence unveils a series of newly discovered sources concerning this striking episode.

More Info
Book

Sins of the Flesh: Responding to Sexual Disease in Early Modern Europe

The ten essays in this volume seek to gauge the impact of sexual disease on early modern society by exploring the rich variety of ways in which European culture reacted to the presence of a new deadly sexual infection.

More Info
Book

Ave Papa Ave Papabile: The Sacchetti Family, Their Art Patronage, and Political Aspirations

This study examines the art patronage of the Sacchetti family in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in Rome.

More Info
Book

Fantasies of Troy: Classical Tales and the Social Imaginary in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

The fifteen essays in this volume offer compelling new treatments of these now-evaporated fantasies of Troy, which were central to the European social imaginary. The essays consider texts and performances of Troy across a wide generic range-from learned court poetry to burlesque, from treatises on linguistic history to public spectacles.

More Info
Book

Shell Games: Studies in Scams, Frauds, and Deceits (1300-1650)

The papers in this volume highlight sites of social, political, and epistemological tension as Europe slowly moves from the medieval to the modern.

More Info
Book

A Renaissance of Conflicts: Visions and Revisions of Law and Society in Italy and Spain

The essays in this collection study conflict and continuity across the spectrum of political, jurisdictional, and spiritual traditions from late medieval Umbria and Tuscany to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Venice, Rome, and Castile.

More Info
Book

The Renaissance in the Nineteenth Century = Le XIXe siècle renaissant

This collection brings together an international collection of sixteen authors who examine the many Renaissances conceived by European novelists and poets, artists and composers, architects and city planners, political theorists and politicians, businessmen and advertisers.

More Info
Book

The Premodern Teenager: Youth in Society 1150-1650

Few scholars have focused on post-pubescent youth in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The seventeen essays in this volume seek to redress this imbalance by offering a sampling of the research currently underway in this field and of the various questions and methodologies that could be useful in the study of teenagers in the 13th-17th centuries.

More Info
Book

A Reformation Debate: Three Treatises in Translation: Karlstadt, Emser, and Eck on Sacred Images (Second revised edition)

These three treatises (which are translated here for the first time into English) established the terms of reference for one of the most important debates of the Reformation.

More Info
Book

The True Law of Free Monarchies and Basilikon Doron

James I's unique writings are more often known of than known and read. The True Law of Free Monarchies is a theoretical justification of the divine right of kings; Basilikon Doron (or the king's gift) is a pragmatic guide, a "how to" book, that combines James's personal experiences as king of Scotland, with his scholarly and literary notions of the ideal comportment of the monarch.

More Info
Scroll to the top