By Lucrezia Marinella,Maria Galli Stampino
Lucrezia Marinella (1571–1653) is, by means of all debts, a phenomenon in early modernity: a lady who wrote and released in lots of genres, whose reputation shone brightly inside and out of doors her local Venice, and whose voice is concurrently unique and reflective of her time and tradition. In Enrico; or, Byzantium Conquered, essentially the most formidable and worthwhile of her a variety of narrative works, Marinella demonstrates her ability as an epic poet.
Now on hand for the 1st time in English translation, Enrico retells the tale of the conquest of Byzantium within the Fourth campaign (1202–04). Marinella intersperses ancient occasions in her account of the invasion with a variety of invented episodes, drawing at the wealthy inventive legacy of the chivalric romance. Fast-moving, colourful, and narrated with the zest that characterizes Marinella’s different works, this poem is a smart instance of a girl enticing seriously with a quintessentially masculine shape and material, writing in a style within which the paintings of girls poets was once quite often shunned.