The Period of the Renaissiince hjis ever been so
attractive to the historian that many learned volumes
have been written on the subject, and it has bmn
illustrated by much brilliant eloquence. An army of
patient students have devoted long years to serious
research, in hunting out forgotten treasures buried in
foreign libraries, archives, chronicles, diaries, and
Yet I venture to hope that there may still be room
for a modest attempt to bring some of these vast stores
of knowledge - more especially as they touch upon
woman's life - within reach of those readers who have
no leisure for profound and special study.
To them I would dedicate these sketches of some
typical women of the Italian Renaissance, which may
be regarded as brief appreciations, rather than full and
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