Renaissance Quarterly

A journal covering art, literature, and history of the Renaissance for the academic audience. Contains research studies, review essays, and book reviews. Features literary works and themes, as well as specialized studies in the arts, religion, and social

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2, Summer

Guilty Sisters: Marguerite De Navarre, Elizabeth of England, and the Miroir De L'ame Pecheresse
Le miroir de l'ame pecheresse, a volume of devotional verse named for its principal poem, was published in Alencon in 1531 and in Paris two years later. The Paris edition identifies its author as "Marguerite de France, Soeur Vnicque du Roy," and later...
Irishmen, Aristocrats, and Other White Barbarians
Et virum bonum quom laudabant, ita laudabant, bonum agricolam bonumque colonum. - Cato, De agri cultura In 1578 Hubert Languet wrote to his young protegee Philip Sidney concerning the latter's plan to assist the Low Countries in their fight against...
Italian Scholarship on Pre-Modern Confraternities in Italy
The last fifteen to twenty years have witnessed a phenomenal growth in the study of medieval and Renaissance confraternities, those lay religious associations that pervaded the spiritual and social fabric of pre-modern European society. In English-language...
Margaret Cavendish and the Romance of Contract
All things by war are in a Chaos hurl'd But love alone first made, And still preserves the world. - Alexander Brome I have heard [William Cavendish] say several times, that his love to his gracious master King Charles the Second was above the love...
Renaissance Misogyny, Biblical Feminism, and Helisenne De Crenne's Epistres Familieres et Invectives
And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her. - Mark 14:9(1) Je t'admonneste de . . . te repentir, d'avoir detracte de celles, pour lesquelles extoller tous vertueulx se...
Shouting Down Abraham: How Sixteenth Century Huguenot Women Found Their Voice
Il fit sa confession de foi avouant qu'il avoit beaucoup renu et peu profite. Et comme on lui repondait qu'il avoit fidelement employe son talent: "Eh! qu'y a-t-il du mien?" s'ecria-t-il. "ne dites pas moi, mais Dieu par moi." - Philippe Du Piessis...
Your Humble Handmaid: Elizabethan Gifts of Needlework
The stowe inventory of the contents of the Wardrobe of Robes gives us a privileged glimpse into the closets of Queen Elizabeth in 1600. There could be found over one thousand clothing items: gowns, robes, kirtles, foreparts, petticoats, cloaks, safeguards,...