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Famous Women

Famous Women

Giovanni Boccaccio

Translated by Virginia Brown

ISBN 9780674011304

Publication date: 04/30/2003

The first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women, Famous Women affords a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Virginia Brown's acclaimed translation, commissioned for The I Tatti Renaissance Library, is the first English edition based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.


  • In a pungent new translation by Virginia Brown, [Boccaccio's] famous women hold up very well indeed...The success of Famous Women suggests that [Renaissance] ladies read their Boccaccio as we are invited to read him: with forbearance for his foibles and delight in the tales he tells with such gusto and skill.

    —Ingrid D. Rowland, New York Times Book Review


  • Virginia Brown is Senior Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

Book Details

  • 320 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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