Impresa of Isabella d’Este

When Isabella d’Este first arrived in Mantua, she began having a set of rooms (camerini) built to showcase her books, artworks, and musical instruments, and to provide her with spaces for reflection, contemplation, and intimate music-making. Her first camerini were in the Castel San Giorgio in Mantua, adjacent to the Camera degli Sposi, which is decorated with frescoes … More Impresa of Isabella d’Este

Phenomenal Women

Reblogged from MissPen Aristocratic Daughters We think of nuns as living a secluded life, peacefully going about their daily prayers and rituals. However, at the threshold of the Italian Renaissance, the life of a nun offered a creative solution to women who wanted to pursue interests outside of keeping a home and raising children. For … More Phenomenal Women

Equity, Inclusion, and Chivalric Virtues

Over the next several months I will be teaching classes on the concepts of equity and inclusion in their relation to living history re-enactment for medievalists in general and for the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) specifically. In our mission statement we declare that SCA is “devoted to the research and recreation of pre-17th-century skills, … More Equity, Inclusion, and Chivalric Virtues

Book discussion questions: A Beautiful Woman in Venice

Originally posted on seductivevenice:
Does your bookclub need some ideas for your next reading endeavor? Consider A Beautiful Woman in Venice, my collection of biographies about Venetian women. Dip into 28 chapters on over 35 Venetian women spanning six centuries. From poets Veronica Franco and Gaspara Stampa, to orators like Cassandra Fedele, regatta winner Maria…

Ca’ d’Oro Salon at Gulf Wars XXVIII 2019

The Ca’ d’Oro Italian Salon and Renaissance Village department hosts an immersive A&S experience and is located on Laurel Lane across from the Theatre. Ca’ d’Oro offers a variety of classes and demos focused on post 13th-century life. In addition to offering over 50 classes, we host a period Apothecary, dedicated period cooking area, Interkingdom … More Ca’ d’Oro Salon at Gulf Wars XXVIII 2019

Camilla Scarampa

Camilla Guidoboni Scarampa, or Scarampi, was an important literary figure of the 15th-century. She was held in great esteem by Matteo Bandello who dedicated his 13th Novelle to her. She is thought to have been born in Mantua or Milan of the family Scarampo Scarampi. (The blog photo in the header is not Camilla, but … More Camilla Scarampa