Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World

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Subject: History

Edited by: Philip Ford (†), Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi

With its striking range and penetrating depth, Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World traces the enduring history and wide-ranging cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this comprehensive reference work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences.

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Women in Renaissance England and Neo-Latin Translation

(1,501 words)

Author(s): Hosington, Brenda M.
¶ It has frequently been claimed that Englishwomen’s knowledge of Latin was the preserve of queens, princesses, and aristocrats. Yet in fact women from a fairly wide range of social classes did read an…

Women Prodigies—Anna Maria van Schurman, Elena Piscopia and Others

(804 words)

Author(s): Stevenson, Jane
¶ The woman prodigy first developed in Renaissance Italy, though other nations were swift to follow the example. The point of these highly-educated women was their cultural capital, and it followed tha…

Women’s Education

(8,108 words)

Author(s): Stevenson, Jane
¶ A good mastery of Latin was essential to the personal and social formation of upper-class men in early modern Europe. By contrast, the education of their sisters was a battleground of competing ideol…

Women Writers in Italy: Martha Marchina and Others

(812 words)

Author(s): Stevenson, Jane
¶ The first country where early modern women achieved renown as Latinists is Italy, where figures such as Cassandra Fedele and Isotta Nogarola became famous in the course of the fifteenth century. Late…

Women Writers in the Elizabethan Period

(998 words)

Author(s): Stevenson, Jane
¶ The idea that queens and noblewomen should receive a humanist education may have come to England with Catherine of Aragon, since Henry VIII’s sister Mary began learning Latin as an adult in the 1520s…

Women Writers’ Networks

(950 words)

Author(s): Stevenson, Jane
¶ Learned women of the Renaissance were sometimes physically reclusive, but they were highly visible as correspondents. For example, the letters of Isotta Nogarola ( c. 1416–1466), a member of a notable humanist family of Ver…