Tullia d’Aragona

By Maggie McNeil (read her blog here). It is not holiness, but arrogance displayed to take away the greatest gift—free will— bestowed by God from the beginning of time.  –  Tullia d’Aragona, Sonnet XXXV The existence of courtesans is a glaring refutation of neofeminist dogma about objectification, the eternal victimhood of whores, etc; the fact … More Tullia d’Aragona

1417 Election of Oddone Colonna as Pope Martin V – 600 Years Ago In Italy

Ever hear of the Colonna family? Most living history enthusiasts interested in the Italian peninsula have heard of Vittoria Colonna a noblewoman and poet who was good friends with Michelangelo Buonarroti in the 1530s. Well, 600 years ago today (November 11, 1417) Oddone Colonna (or Oddo Colonna) was elected pope, ending the Great Schism.   … More 1417 Election of Oddone Colonna as Pope Martin V – 600 Years Ago In Italy

Feminine dress of the 15th century: Emilia-Romagna & Veneto

Two words: side-laced (actually one word)!. This is my new thing, as front-laced gowns do not look that flattering on me. I’ve been looking for information on female dress in the late 15th-century in both Emilia-Romagna and the Veneto. Ferrara is one of my favorite cities, but nearby cities of Rimini, Mantova, and Venice would help … More Feminine dress of the 15th century: Emilia-Romagna & Veneto