Synopses & Reviews
Lucrezia Marinella (1571-1653) is, by all accounts, a phenomenon in early modernity: a woman who wrote and published in many genres, whose fame shone brightly within and outside her native Venice, and whose voice is simultaneously original and reflective of her time and culture. In Enrico; or, Byzantium Conquered, one of the most ambitious and rewarding of her numerous narrative works, Marinella demonstrates her skill as an epic poet.
Now available for the first time in English translation, Enrico retells the story of the conquest of Byzantium in the Fourth Crusade (1202-04). Marinella intersperses historical events in her account of the invasion with numerous invented episodes, drawing on the rich imaginative legacy of the chivalric romance. Fast-moving, colorful, and narrated with the zest that characterizes Marinellas other works, this poem is a great example of a woman engaging critically with a quintessentially masculine form and subject matter, writing in a genre in which the work of women poets was typically shunned.
About the Author
Maria Galli Stampino is associate professor of Italian and French at the University of Miami. She is the author of Staging the Pastoral: Tassos Aminta and the Emergence of Modern Western Theater.
Table of Contents
Series Editors Introduction
A Singular Venetian Epic Poem
Volume Editors Bibliography
Glossary of Principal Characters
Enrico; or, Byzantium Conquered: A Heroic Poem (Prose Translation)
To the Readers
Canto 1and Summaries of Cantos 2-3
From Canto 8
From Canto 9
From Canto 11, from Canto 12,and Summaries of Cantos 13-14
From Canto 16
From Canto 17
From Canto 18and Summaries of Cantos 19-20
From Canto 22 and Summary of Canto 23
From Canto 24, from Canto 25, and Summary of Canto 26
Cantos 6 and 7, and Excerpts from Cantos 8, 12, 22, 24, and 27 in Italian
Series Editors BibliographyIndex