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‘A dame, an owner, a defendresse’

Helen Smith

in 'Grossly Material Things'

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199651580
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741654 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199651580.003.0003
‘A dame, an owner, a defendresse’

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Chapter Two addresses the question of patronage, briefly charting existing scholarship in the field before moving on to examine a number of neglected sources, which offer more concrete evidence of the range, variety and rewards of early modern women's patronage. The chapter continues the theme of translation by exploring evidence of women's commission of translated texts, suggesting an ideological and practical link between women and vernacular literacy. The final section moves beyond questions of authorship and writing to explore women's patronage of particular printers, offering a challenge to recent accounts of the decline of patronage in the face of a burgeoning print marketplace.

Keywords: patronage; printing; translation; commission; The book of the courtier; Elizabeth of Bohemia; Eupolemia

Chapter.  15310 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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