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Forgotten Healers

Women and the Pursuit of Health in Late Renaissance Italy

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$49.95 • £39.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674241749

Publication Date: 12/17/2019


352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 photos

I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History


  • List of Figures*
  • A Note on Dates and Currency
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Politics of Health at the Early Medici Court
  • 2. Gifts of Health: Medical Exchanges between Court and Convent
  • 3. The Business of Health: Convent Pharmacies in Renaissance Italy
  • 4. Agents of Health: Nun Apothecaries and Ways of Knowing
  • 5. Restoring Health: Care and Cure in Renaissance Pox Hospitals
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Figures
    • Fig. 1.1. Jacopo Pontormo, Portrait of Maria Salviati de’ Medici with Giulia de’ Medici, circa 1539
    • Fig. 2.1. Letter from Queen Leonor of Portugal to the Abbess of Le Murate, 1500
    • Fig. 3.1. Map of major Florentine convent pharmacies, circa 1584
    • Fig. 3.2. Pharmacy receipts in the hand of Sister Giovanna Ginori, 1567
    • Fig. 4.1. Dominican nun preparing rose unguent, seventeenth century
    • Fig. 4.2. An apothecary instructing an apprentice in his shop, 1505
    • Fig. 4.3. Pharmacy jars depicting the saints John the Baptist and Lawrence, Venice, 1501
    • Fig. 4.4. Pyramid furnace for distillation. Pietro Andrea Mattioli, Del modo di distillare le acque da tutte le piante. Venice, 1604
    • Fig. 4.5. Alessandro Gherardini, Portrait of unknown Florentine nun pharmacist, 1723

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