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3 (Autumn)
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Female Voice, Male Authority: A Nun’s Narrative of the Regularization of a Female Franciscan ...

This article analyzes the context and content of a manuscript written by a Perugian nun overseeing the regularization of a group of Franciscan tertiaries into the second order convent of S. Sebastiano in Borgo San Sepolcro in 1500. This narrative allows the “other voice,” the voice of the nun, to be heard, but this female voice has a strong agenda, and in its turn blocks the voices of the...

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Memory, Orality, and Life Records: Proofs of Age in Tudor England

This article examines memories of the births of feudal heirs to consider both what witnesses remembered from their past and how they remembered it. It argues that in the early sixteenth century jurors’ memories revolved around the life-course markers of birth, marriage, and death, and were recalled in parallel with the same events in the lives of their neighbors. By the later sixteenth century...

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Protestants as Agents of the Counter-Reformation in the Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg

In the prince-bishopric of Bamberg during the Counter-Reformation, Protestant officials were often called upon to convert their coreligionists to Catholicism. These officials were from noble familes who had traditionally filled those offices. The prince-bishop and the canons of the cathedral chapter who appointed officials were also from these same noble families and continued during the...

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Medicine & Nonsense in French Renaissance Mock Prescriptions

This article analyzes nonsensical mock prescriptions, especially from sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century France, situating these in a context of both medical and literary history. Mock prescriptions shed light on the writing and performance of nonsense, in particular in their use of the adynaton, and on how such nonsense appealed to a mixed audience, including that of Bruscambille. They...

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Giovanni Bellini’s Feast of the Gods and Banquets of the Ancient Ritual Calendar

Duke Alfonso d’Este commissioned subjects from ancient texts to decorate his private suite, but a single episode from a literary source has yet to be satisfactorily argued of his first commission, Giovanni Bellini’s Feast of the Gods. A broader consideration of the sources, however, reveals that the guests in attendance at this painted fete are not a random collection of deities. Rather, their...

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