The Tombstones

Olympia Morata

in The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226536682
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226536712 | DOI:
The Tombstones

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This chapter shows that Olympia Fulvia Morata's tombstone stands today in the north entrance hall of the Peterskirche in Heidelberg. Andreas Grunthler's tombstone had been lost by 1620 but was copied by contemporaries. The chapter also explores Guillaume Rascalon's tombstone writing in honor of Morata as sacred to God immortal: “To the virtue and memory of Morata, daughter of the philosopher Fulvius Morato of Ferrara, beloved wife of Dr. Andreas Grunthler, a woman whose genius and singular knowledge of both languages, whose probity in morals and highest zeal for piety were always held above the common level. Men's judgment of her life was confirmed with divine testimony by the most holy and peaceful death which she died. She died in exile in the year of Salvation 1555 age 29. She was buried there with her husband and brother Emilio Morato.”

Keywords: Olympia Fulvia Morata; tombstone; Peterskirche; Heidelberg; Andreas Grunthler; Guillaume Rascalon; Fulvius Morato; Emilio Morato

Chapter.  560 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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