Veronica Franco: A Literary Light Veronica Franco did not solely focus on her role of a courtesan in her writings, but also included fair warning to a mother in Venice of her desire to make her daughter a courtesan. Franco knew the reputation of her occupation and the damage it took on the … More A Letter From Veronica Franco
List of books/references from the Collegio Araldico in Rome The herald in me whimpers: I want, I want, I want…. Albo D’Oro delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane. Archivio Comunale di Verona Archivio Progetto Heraldrys Archivio di Stato di Venezia Armerista e notiziario delle fam. nob. notabili e feudatarie di Terra d’Otranto Armorial Général Rietstap’s Biblioteca Comunale di Verona REPERTORIO GENEAL. FAM. VENETE Blasonario di Famiglie Illustri Italiane Brazzà Cergneu Savorgnan Cenni sopra varie famiglie illustri di Verona. Cronaca delle famiglie udinesi Cronologia delle famiglie nobili bolognesi Cronologia delle famiglie nobili bolognesi Discorsi delle famiglie imparentate colla Casa della … More Libri Araldica
Ask Giada (and she will give you advice from great Renaissance minds) If a nobleman asks you for a loan: I would sooner give him twenty as a gift than a hundred on loan. I would gladly avoid him altogether so as to have to do neither. —Leon Battista Alberti, The Family in Renaissance Florence … More Renaissance Advice Column: Ask Giada
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE INSPIRED MY LATEST A&S ENTRY: Nanna (a prostitute): Suppose there’s a nobleman asking for you [to attend a social gathering]. … You have to know how to talk: answer to the point, don’t ramble on. … Don’t sit there looking too gauche or too flirtatious, but carry yourself gracefully. And if there’s playing … More Scandalous Mothers, Secret Books, and Courtiers, Oh My!
Inspiration for my garb and accessories comes from paintings and frescos, as well as written documentation (i.e. the inventory of the wardrobe of Caterina Sforza). When you see me at living history events I’m usually wearing something from my studies. Here are a few examples: I love turbans! Turbans are my favorite Italian headdress. The … More Italian Wardrobe Inspiration