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Contents List of Figures vii Acknowledgements viii Notes on Contributors x INTRODUCTION 1. Form and Persuasion in Women's Letters, 1400-1700 3 Jane Couchman and Ann Crabb PART I: PERSUASION FOR FAMILY AND PERSONAL GOALS 2. How to Influence Your Children: Persuasion and Form in 19 Alessandra Macigni Strozzi's Letters to Her Sons Ann Crabb 3. 'A Masterful Woman': Elizabeth Stonor and English 38 Women's Letters, 1399-c.1530' Malcolm Richardson 4. 'Much could be written': Glikl of Hameln's Life in Writing 56 Erin Henriksen and Mark Zelcer 5. 'I am the same Cornelia I have always been': 71 Reading Cornelia Collonello's Letters to Michelangelo Deborah Stott 6. Letters Across the Borders: Strategies of Communication 93 in an Italian-German Renaissance Correspondence Christina Antenhofer 7. Isabella d'Este and the Properties of Persuasion 111 Deanna Shemek PART II: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INTERSECTING 8 'I wold wyshe my doings myght be ... secret': Privacy and 130 the Social Practices of Reading Women's Letters in Sixteenth-Century England James Daybell 9 'Give birth quickly and then send us your good husband': 149 Informal Political Influence in the Letters of Louise de Coligny Jane Couchman 10 'Pregnant with 100,000 Soldiers': The Correspondence of 169 Marguerite de Navarre and François I Barbara Stephenson 11 In the Queen's Words: Perceptions of Regency Government 188 Gleaned from the Correspondence of Catherine de Médicis Elizabeth McCartney 12. 'Burdened with small children'. Women Defining Poverty 203 in Sixteenth-Century Tours Susan Broomhall PART III: VALIDATED BY GOD AND BY REASON 13. 'Dear Daughter': Reform and Persuasion in St. Teresa's 219 Letters to Her Prioresses Alison Weber 14. The Religious Warrior: Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza's 239 Correspondence with Rodrigo de Calderón Elena Levy-Navarro 15. Form and Persuasion in the Correspondence of 250 Argula von Grumbach Peter Matheson 16. The French Reception of Anna Maria van Schurman's 270 Letters on Women's Education (1646) Anne Larsen Selected Bibliography 287 Index 297
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Letters -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Women -- Europe -- History -- 15th century.
Women -- Europe -- History -- 16th century.
Women -- Europe -- History -- 17th century.