Academic journal article Magistra

The Sword and the Pen. Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena

Academic journal article Magistra

The Sword and the Pen. Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena

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The Sword and the Pen. Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena by Konrad Eisenbichler. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012. 371 pp. $32.00. ISBN 978-0-268-02776-6.

The Sword and the Pen: Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena is the study of the poetry of primarily three women: Aurelia Petrucci, Laudomia Forteguerri, and Virginia Salvi. The sudden appearance, in Eisenbichler's words, on the literary landscape of Siena of an entire group of women who engaged not only with fellow kinswomen but also with male and female literary, political, and ecclesiastical figures is, however, a novelty in the Italian cultural scene (215). These women were not removed from society, gathering in salons (for women only!), but rather were in the thick of things.

Konrad Eisenbichler begins by providing a succinct readable introduction to the political and cultural world of midsixteenth century Siena (up to its fall in 1555) for us nonspecialist readers. His take on the internal strife in which these women lived and composed allows for non-traditional insight into the life experiences of these women and their world. Eisenbichler then dedicates a chapter to each of these women.

The author examines the emergence of a new lyric tradition in the sonnets they exchanged among their broader community of intellectuals. …

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