recreated in various contemporary lights. The portrait of Boccaccio that Giusti gives is totally positive, and up-to-date. H e is credited with being an innovator, a feminist, a democrat, having a relativist attitude towards reality, and being disposed to sympathy towards A I D S sufferers. To follow Giusti's reading of Boccaccio, this is a description so extravagantly overdrawn that it could well be regarded as irony. Giusti will be of interest tofluentreaders of Italian already familiar with Boccaccio w h o are seeking further lines of interpretation. A s a general guide to Boccaccio, Vittore Branca's Boccaccio: the man and his work remains the benchmark. Max Staples Charles Sturt University Hildegard of Bingen, On Natural Philosophy and Medicine. Selections from Cause et Cure (The Library of Medieval W o m e n ) , trans. Margret Berger, Cambridge, D.S. Brewer, 1999; paper; pp. xvii, 173; R R P £12.95, US$19.95. Jutta and Hildegard: The Biographical Sources (Medieval W o m e n : Texts and Contexts 1), trans. A n n a Silvas, Turnhout, Brepols, 1998; board; pp. xiii, 299; R R P not known. Anniversaries of famous figures, easily derided as commercial opportunities, have very positive
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