By Lucrezia Marinella
Lucrezia Marinella (1571–1653) is, by way of all bills, a phenomenon in early modernity: a lady who wrote and released in lots of genres, whose popularity shone brightly inside of and out of doors her local Venice, and whose voice is concurrently unique and reflective of her time and tradition. In Enrico; or, Byzantium Conquered, essentially the most formidable and profitable of her a number of narrative works, Marinella demonstrates her ability as an epic poet.
Now on hand for the 1st time in English translation, Enrico retells the tale of the conquest of Byzantium within the Fourth campaign (1202–04). Marinella intersperses ancient occasions in her account of the invasion with a number of invented episodes, drawing at the wealthy innovative legacy of the chivalric romance. Fast-moving, colourful, and narrated with the zest that characterizes Marinella’s different works, this poem is a brilliant instance of a girl enticing seriously with a quintessentially masculine shape and subject material, writing in a style within which the paintings of ladies poets used to be in most cases shunned.
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