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By Cassandra Fedele

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Through the tip of the 15th century, Cassandra Fedele (1465-1558), a realized middle-class girl of Venice, used to be arguably the main recognized girl author and pupil in Europe. A cultural icon in her personal time, she usually corresponded with the king of France, lords of Milan and Naples, the Borgia pope Alexander VI, or even maintained a ten-year epistolary alternate with Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain that ended in a call for participation for her to affix their court docket. Fedele's letters show the critical, mediating function she occupied in a group of students in a different way inaccessible to ladies. Her specified admittance into this group is usually highlighted via her presence because the first self sustaining girl author in Italy to talk publicly and, extra importantly, the 1st to deal with philosophical, political, and ethical matters in her personal voice. Her 3 public orations and just about all of her letters, translated into English, are offered the following for the 1st time.

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Though no such decree has come to light Early In her career as a wnter, Fedele established close tres by letter With the leadmg patrons of humanism and the arts and With many Intellectuals outside her CIrcle of Paduan, Brescian, Venetian, and Veronese humanIStS From among Lorenzo de' MedICI's CIrcle, she corresponded With the chancellor of Florence Bartolomeo Scala and hIS daughter Alessandra, the philosopher PICOdella Mirandola, and the bnlltant poet and Greek scholar Angelo Poliziano WIth whom Fedele had met and conversed at length when he visited Venice In 1494 Through her connections In Spain.

Not erudite letters The presses In Venice and Lucca, Ferrara, and Naples en- abled the leading women wnters of the penod-Isabella of Aragon, Laura Batnfern Ammanati, Vittona Colonna, Veronica Gambara, Lucrezia Mannella, Andreirn, Tullta Veronica Franco, Chiara Matrairu. Isabella di Morra, Moderata Fonte (Modesta da Pozzo), Gaspara Stampa, Laura Terracma, and many others-to achieve fame through a WIde ctrculation of then books, which Included collections of rimeand stante, essays, eprc poems, dialogues, and pastoral plays, all of them In Italtan 27 A few learned women contmued to publtsh translations and commen- tanes of classical texts and to wnte and publish In Latin and Greek after 1500 But for ambItIOUS women wnters, the age of humanism and humanist letters was over Olympia Morata (1526-55), the daughter of a classrcal scholar at the ducal court m Ferrara, was the most prolific of the last of the women humanists The Protestant-leanmg Morata, who had already wntten hundreds of letters, dialogues, and poems rn Greek and Latin by the time the Roman Inquisrtion came to Ferrara, fled In 1550 to Germany Her hurnarust wntmgs never saw the light of day In Italy, but her works found a 12 Editor's Introduction publisher In Basel In 1558, after her death Another 28 northern Italian woman humanist.

1987), 240-50 16 Margaret L Kmg, "The Relrgious Retreat of Isotta Nogarola (1418-1466) Sexrsrn and Its Consequences rn the FIfteenth Century," SIgns 3 (1978) 807-22, Lisa jardme, "Isotta Nogarola Women Humarusts-s-Educatron for What/" H,story of Edu- catIOn12 (1983) 231-44 17 Bernard Toscaru. 'Antonia Puler (1452-1501);' m R Russell, ed , Italtan Women Writers A Blo-BlbllOgraphlcal Sourcebook(Westport, Conn Greenwood Press, 1994), 344-52 Alison Brown, BartolomeoScala, 1430-1497, Chancellorof FlorenceThe Humantstas Princeton Umversrty Press, 1979), 226-29, G Pesentt, "Lettere medite," 299-301 18 Bureaucrat(Pnnceton 19 Robin.

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