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Religions 2018, 9(2), 59; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9020059

The Virgin Mary in the Early Modern Italian Writings of Vittoria Colonna, Lucrezia Marinella, and Eleonora Montalvo

Department of French and Italian, Brigham Young University, 3134 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602, USA
Received: 25 October 2017 / Revised: 22 December 2017 / Accepted: 5 February 2018 / Published: 13 February 2018
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Abstract

The Marian writings of the Roman poet Vittoria Colonna (1490/92–1547), the Venetian polemicist Lucrezia Marinella (1579–1653),1 and the Florentine educator Eleonora Montalvo (1602–1659) present an accessible model of the Virgin Mary in the early modern period that both lay and religious women could emulate in order to strengthen their individual spirituality. While the Catholic Church encouraged women to accept and imitate an ideal of the Virgin Mary’s character traits and behavior for the good of society, these three women writers constructed a more fruitful narrative of the Virgin’s life and experience that included elements and imagery that would empower women to enhance their personal practice of meditation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Italian women writers; Vittoria Colonna; Lucrezia Marinella; Eleonora Montalvo; Virgin Mary; Early Modern Italy; Counter-Reformation; conduct literature; Catholic Meditation; Ignatian Spirituality Italian women writers; Vittoria Colonna; Lucrezia Marinella; Eleonora Montalvo; Virgin Mary; Early Modern Italy; Counter-Reformation; conduct literature; Catholic Meditation; Ignatian Spirituality
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Haraguchi, J. The Virgin Mary in the Early Modern Italian Writings of Vittoria Colonna, Lucrezia Marinella, and Eleonora Montalvo. Religions 2018, 9, 59.

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