African Presence In Renaissance Europe

My research on Africans in Europe has led me to understand that aside from those in slavery or servitude there were examples of African generals, Saints, Cardinals, nobility, conquistadors, condottieri/mercenaries, musicians, cooks, pastry chefs, housekeepers, pages, assistants in apothecaries, kitchens, gardens, and stables. In what is now Portugal, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and … More African Presence In Renaissance Europe

Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars

The Ca’ d’Oro Salon is a department at Gulf Wars, a reenactment event held annually, where we gather, socialize, and learn about post 13th-century arts & sciences in the atmosphere of a 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers would have gathered to pass the time.  Gulf Wars XXVI of 2017 was … More Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars

Caterina Sforza – Daughter of Perdition

Raucous Royal Reblog: Raucous Royal of the Month, Caterina Sforza: Daughter of Perdition  From http://blog.raucousroyals.com/2010/05/raucous-royal-of-month-caterina-sforza.html “…more is always said then the real truth” – Caterina Sforza On August 1483, the 21 year old Caterina Sforza rode up to the Castel Sant’ Angelo as shouts of “Duca! Duca!” cut through the stifling heat. Clad in a green satin … More Caterina Sforza – Daughter of Perdition

Zibaldone by Gigi Coulson

  My book, Zibaldone, is now available at Create Space and Amazon Kindle. To purchase now please visit https://www.amazon.com for an electronic Kindle copy or https://www.createspace.com/6387178 for a softcover physical book. Book Info: During the 15th century, a type of book called a zibaldone became popular on the Italian peninsula. A zibaldone was a commonplace book written in … More Zibaldone by Gigi Coulson

Marchetto Cara – Cortigiano di Isabella d’Este

“Nor does our friend Marchetto Cara move us less by his singing, but with a gentler harmony; because he softens and penetrates our souls by placid means, full of plaintive sweetness, greatly stirring them to sweet emotion.” (Né men commove nel suo cantar il nostro Marchetto Cara, ma con più molle armonia; ché per una via … More Marchetto Cara – Cortigiano di Isabella d’Este

Caterina Sforza – The Alchemist

“THE ALCHEMIST’S DESIRE”: RECIPES FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY FROM CATERINA SFORZA 03/03/2015 By Meredith K. Ray  In this blog post, I’m presenting material from my forthcoming book Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015). The material in this post is drawn from Chapter One, “Caterina Sforza’s Experiments with Alchemy,” and Chapter Three, … More Caterina Sforza – The Alchemist

Laura Cereta: Against Women Who Disparage Learned Women

Laura Cereta  (1469-1499)was a writer, a humanist, and a feminist literary figure during the Italian Renaissance. She was born into an upper-middle-class family in Brescia. Her father was an attorney and magistrate and her mother’s family descended from nobility. Most of what we know of Laura comes from the image she crafter for herself in … More Laura Cereta: Against Women Who Disparage Learned Women