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The more than 100 women whose life stories make up this volume range from the exemplary to the notorious, from historical and mythological figures to Renaissance contemporaries of its author, the master storyteller Giovanni Boccaccio. The first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women, "Famous Women" affords a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when mediaeval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Virginia Brown's 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674011304
ISBN-10: 0674011309
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Giovanni Boccaccio

VIRGINIA BROWN is Senior Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

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