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Internationally known during her lifetime, Laura Battiferra (1523-89) was a gifted and prolific poet in Renaissance Florence. The author of nearly 400 sonnets remarkable for their subtlety, intricate narrative structure, and learned allusions, Battiferra, who was married to the prominent sculptor and architect Bartolomeo Ammannati, traversed an elite literary and artistic network, circulating her verse in a complex and intellectually fecund exchange with some of the most illustrious figures in Italian history. In this anthology, Victoria Kirkham gathers Battiferra's most essential writing, including newly discovered poems, which provide modern readers with a valuable social chronicle of sixteenth-century Italy and the courtly culture of the Counter-Reformation.
Kirkham s hugely scholarly edition and translation . . . performs an invaluable service for the academic community. . . . Kirkham s translations are careful and sensitive, and the parallel text allows the reader of Italian to gain a full sense of the poet's finely wrought style in the original texts. --Abigail Brundin "Modern Language Review ""
|List of Illustrations|
|Series Editors' Introduction|
|Volume Editor's Introduction|
|Volume Editor's Bibliography|
|Note on Translation|
|List of Abbreviations|
|Poems from Rime di Madonna Laura Battiferra degli Ammannati|
|Men Writing to Battiferra Selections from Le opere toscane, Part 1 Selections from "Rimi Spirituali di Madonna Laura Battiferra degli Ammannati," Part 2|
|Poems from Other Collections|
|The Period 1560-1577 Poems of Uncertain Date|
|Orison on the Nativity of Our Lord|
|Genealogical Chart of the Battiferri Family of Urbino|
|Genealogical Chart of the Cibo, Della Rovere, Varana, and Farnese Families|
|Genealogical Chart of the Medici, Toledo, Colonna, and Montefeltro Families|
|Sources of the Selections and Textual Variants|
|List of Manuscripts and Printed Editions|
|Index of First Lines|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Series: Other Voice in Early Modern Europe
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 15th May 2006
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.2 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.81