Lucrezia Marinella Vacca: L'Enrico, overo Bisantio acquistato, poema eroico [Henry, or Byzantium gained]

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L’Enrico, overo Bisantio acquistato, poema eroico [Henry, or Byzantium gained] is a twenty-seven-canto epic poem published in 1635 in Venice. Its author, Lucrezia Marinella, was one of three women writers in Early Modern Italy to take up this genre; because it was considered the peak of writing excellence at the time and due to its topics (public if not altogether political in nature), it did not attract many female authors. Marinella instead engaged the challenge set up by Torquato Tasso in both his epic poems (Gerusalemme liberata of 1581 and the reworked Gerusalemme conquistata of 1593) and theoretical writings (Discorsi dell’arte poetica of 1587 and Discorsi del poema eroico of 1594): in so …

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Galli Stampino, Maria. "L'Enrico, overo Bisantio acquistato, poema eroico". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 September 2010
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

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  1. Renaissance Women's Writing
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