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Elisabetta Gonzaga

By Koren Whipp Elisabetta Gonzaga (1471-1526) an Italian noblewoman, leader and salonnière of Urbino, Italy. Born in Mantua, she was the fourth child of Federico I Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, and Margherita of Bavaria (Margaret of Wittelsbach). Well-educated, Elisabetta also sang and played music. She married Guidobaldoin 1488. Soon after, it became clear that her husband was…

Marie le Jars de Gournay

by Koren Whipp Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565-1645) French writer, editor, literary critic, translator, novelist, poet, and philosopher.  She was born in Paris and raised in Gournay-sur-Aronde.  Her father, Guillaume Le Jars was treasurer to King Henri III of France. In 1568 he obtained feudal rights to the Gournay estate in Picardy, and in…

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