Gregory puts Alessandra's letters and their significance for Florentine history in their historiographical context (pp. 20-25). She discusses the debates over Florentine patrician family structures in the 1960s and 1970s, foUowed by a brief reference to w o r k on Florentine w o m e n in the late 1970s and 1980s. The brevity of Gregory's overall discussion on w o m e n in Renaissance Florence is difficult to understand, given that these letters were written by a w i d o w . I would have liked to have seen a m o r e detailed analysis of the Uterature in this area, which could also have included discussion of recent w o r k on the possibiUties of gender analysis in Renaissance Florentine studies. Alessandra's letters, it should be stressed, are not only an important source for her o w n life but also for that of the Uves of other patrician w o m e n , especiaUy widows, in fifteenth-century Florence. OveraU, however, Heather Gregory's translation is of a very high standard which wiU enable students to gain greater insights into Alessandra's life, that of the exiled Strozzi and, more generally, the
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Apr 3, 1998
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