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

Veronica Gambara

Veronica Gambara’s (1485-1550) family boasted a number of distinguished intellectuals, including her grandmother and great-aunt, Ginevra and Isotta Nogarola. Educated in literature, philosophy, and languages at an early age, Veronica became a poet early in life. She married her cousin, Giberto X, Countof Coreggio, in 1509.       They were apparently well suited. Giberto felt … More Veronica Gambara

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

Nec Spe Nec Metu: Isabella d’Este

Reblogged from Nec Spe Nec Metu: Superman, Caravaggio and Hope … The phrase ‘nec spe nec metu’ probably has its origins in Stoicism, meaning ‘neither hope nor fear’  or, more pedantically ‘without hope, without fear’  (perhaps from ancient medicine and Silesio; perhaps adapted from general Roman orations) – implying a kind of resigned equilibrium and forbearance. … More Nec Spe Nec Metu: Isabella d’Este

14th – 15th Century Italian Hair Kit

I’ve begun to compile my own hair kit for 14th and 15th-century rievocazione. I have: a sandalwood comb, an ivory stylus, a bone bodkin, false and real hair (both braided and twisted as found in London as discussed in Dress Accessories 1150-1450), decorated metal cased mirror of polished brass, wool yarn, veil pins, several hairpins … More 14th – 15th Century Italian Hair Kit

5 Times Caterina Sforza Was My Spirit Animal

Caterina Sforza, Countess of Forli and Imola, daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza (Duke of Milan), wed to powerful men like Girolamo Riario (nephew of Pope Sixtus IV) and Girolamo de’ Medici il Popolano, mother of Giovani delle Bande Nere, AND general keeper of #renaissancewomanmagic is my spirit animal. I love her. She was nicknamed La … More 5 Times Caterina Sforza Was My Spirit Animal