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Women Latin PoetsLanguage, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century$
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Jane Stevenson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001

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Women Latin Poets in Spain and Portugal

Women Latin Poets in Spain and Portugal

(p.199) 8 Women Latin Poets in Spain and Portugal
Women Latin Poets

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This chapter focuses on Spanish women and scholarship: evidence from the middle ages. It discusses Spanish attitudes towards learned women, the royal nun Costanza de Castilla, and Fernando and Isabel as Renaissance rulers. Limited Spanish reception for humanism and women's involvement with mystical religion are examined. The chapter also considers learned women at the Spanish court, an evolving Hapsburg tradition of educated princesses. It also discusses the humanist Lucio Marineo Siculo's relations with a variety of Latin-literate women. It includes separate sections on Luisa Sigea; Renaissance literary culture in Portugal; women as contributors to poetic certamina in Latin as well as the vernacular; Latinity in convent culture; and the case of Juliana Morel. Reasons why the extensive humanist activity of the 16th century was not built upon in the 17th are enumerated.

Keywords:   Costanza de Castilla, Fernando and Isabel, women and education for rule, Spanish humanism, Hapsburg princesses, Lucio Marineo Siculo, Latinate nuns, Luisa Sigea, Renaissance Portugal, certamina

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