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Daughters and Wives of the Montefeltro: Outstanding Bluestockings of the Quattrocento

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Abstract:

In the 15th century, three generations of Montefeltro women attained and were noted for remarkable levels of education and achievement in humanistic learning. Their learning was intended to fit them for their vita activa as wives and mothers of princes, capable of protecting their families' interests through writing and oratory and of ruling in their sons' minority. It also provided for the vita contemplativa within convents some adopted as widows. Notable learned women of the Montefeltro dynasty included Battista da Montefeltro, Battista Sforza, Giovanna da Montefeltro, Costanza Varano, and Elisabetta Malatesta.

Keywords: Education; Italy; Montefeltro family; Women

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1477-4658.00195

Publication date: March 1, 1996

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