Tag Archive for Salonnières

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…

Madeleine de Scudéry

  Madeleine de Scudéry, 17th C.   By Penelope Whitworth Madeleine de Scudéry (1607-1701) was the most prolific and successful French serially published novelist of heroic epic plots in her time, read throughout Europe and translated into English, German, Italian, and Arabic. She supported herself through her writing, and her efforts earned a pension from…

Gaspara Stampa

by Alix Korn Gaspara Stampa was born in Padua in 1523 to her mother Cecelia and father Bartolomeo Stampa, who had been a wealthy jeweler. She had two siblings, Cassandra and Baldassare.  After the death of her father in 1530, the family moved to Venice. Stampa was afforded an excellent education at the hand of Fortunio…


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