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Powerful Renaissance Women

 

Women’s work has always been essential.  Often it isn’t recognized or valued.  Many powerful renaissance women dazzled their contemporaries in France, England, Spain and Italy between 1450 and 1600.  Only now are we honoring their achievements.

When looking to the past, who are these heroines whose stories we want to acclaim?  Fictional or historical, writers and scholars are bursting out with books about their adventures.

No longer do academics need to ask as a serious question:

Did women have a renaissance?

Novelists and those in women’s studies can answer that.  YES! From Abbesses to Writers, women played major roles during the Renaissance. The Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance found thirty-seven different professional categories among their examples.  That didn’t include anyone like farmer, dressmaker or lady’s maid either.

Here is the place to meet these women!

Nifty Stuff for Readers and Writers

Here you will find information about powerful renaissance women. [Any renaissance woman who managed to leave a record behind her did something remarkable.  That’s counts for me.]

Types of Information include:  [I will emphasize electronic resources]

  • novels and other fiction,
  • histories  and other factual information
  • websites and blogs

Since I am both a writer and a reader, I have sections for those interested in renaissance women and for my own writing and research

So there are two different sections:

  • for readers and
  • for my books and research

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My writing projects

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Queen Anne Boleyn

My first novel, to be released in winter 2018 as Joyous Death: Anne Boleyn’s Story, developed from my lifelong fascination with the Renaissance.

Using Anne’s last nineteen days as a framework, the story recreates her life, to give the perspective of this remarkable woman whom people loved or loathed, then and ever since.

Duchess Anne of Brittany

I am now writing a two novel series about Anne of Brittany. Some novels and histories are available in French, but those in English are dated.

A woman of determination and charm, she overcame both hardships and tragedies. Despite the odds, she ruled Brittany as its Duchess, its last independent ruler.