The Essential Sources
These primary sources open a window onto the ways that women and
men in Renaissance Italy sought to communicate their beliefs,
desires, fears, and hopes, both about their own lives and about the
dynamic culture they helped to shape.
- An ideal complement to Paula Findlen?s ?The Italian
Renaissance: Essential Readings? (Blackwell Publishing,
- Includes canonical texts alongside newly available ones that
give fresh perspectives.
- Selections address topical issues, such as the family
strategies of women, attitudes towards non-Italians, and women as
patrons of art.
- Genres represented include correspondence, poetry, the story,
dialogue, oratory, and autobiography.
- Brings the teaching of the Italian Renaissance to life, showing
how citizens communicated about their beliefs, desires, fears, and