Renaissance Women

This podcast will return in autumn 2021.

The Renaissance was a time of change: theologically, politically, socially, artistically. It was a time of great art, great poetry, and great architecture. In the stories we tell ourselves of this celebrated era, however, women are almost entirely absent. And yet, women were there throughout: from painters to patrons, diplomats to poets.

How did these women manage to forge independent lives at a time full of constraints? And why have their stories and achievements been lost from history? For, contrary to our contemporary assumptions, these women were respected and admired by their contemporaries for their artistic, political, and intellectual exploits. It was after their deaths that their achievements were downplayed, and their biographies often reduced to their relationships with men.

This podcast brings their achievements to light, exploring the lives and exploits of the Renaissance Women.

Episodes Date

Aemelia Lanyer was a poet whose work was not appreciated in her time, but who is now recognised as England's first feminist. Come and hear her amazing story.
September 29, 2020
Lavinia Fontana was the first professional woman artist in Europe. This episode tells the story of her amazing life as a trailblazing painter.
September 2, 2020
Have you ever wondered how women in the Renaissance might have become painters, poets, writers, or thinkers? This podcast will document the lives and work of Renaissance women and in this introductory...
August 30, 2020
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