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The authors of the works presented here lived from about 1450 to about 1700. They wrote in Latin, and in the vernacular languages of their countries or city-states: Italian, French, and English. Below each author’s name are links to their major works contributing to the querelle des femmes. These texts, written by both men and women, were often, though not always, produced at the request of a woman who held some political power, and often in response to a particular misogynist treatise or in the face of concerns about women usurping political power. In some cases, the authors enjoyed considerable respect (Lucrezia Marinella, for example, was admired as learned and virtuous), while in other cases, they were treated with hostility and disdain (Marie de Gournay, for example, was subjected to insults aimed at her modesty as well as her intellect). Some were renowned in their time, others worked in relative obscurity. For more information about a particular author, including biographical details surrounding their major works, click on the icon next to the author’s name.

Authors Writing in Italian

Authors Writing in French

Authors Writing in Latin

Authors Writing in English