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Files the thoughts of a conflict within the phrases of these ladies brave sufficient to stroll into hell. --San Francisco Chronicle

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Only a few words are necessary to tell of the learned women of the Renaissance outside of Italy. On account of its intimate connection with the Italian peninsula, Spain was the second country in Europe to experience the effects of the new intellectual movement. Among the educated Italians whom Isabella, the Catholic, had attracted to her court were the brothers Geraldini, whom she appointed as teachers of her children. Of her daughter, Juana, Juan Vives, the eminent Spanish scholar, says she was able to make impromptu speeches in Latin, while Catherine, who became the wife of Henry VIII, excited the admiration of Erasmus by the extent and accuracy of her knowledge.

For education, as they viewed it, was something solely for the elect--for ladies of the court and not for women of a lower condition. " It was about this time, too, that men began, especially in France and Germany, to revive the anti-feminist crusade which had so retarded the literary movement among the women of ancient Greece and Rome. They refused to hear women and intellect spoken of together. " "What the Italians called intelligence a German would call tittle-tattle, trickery, the spirit of opposition.

And so great was the power of public sentiment against women writers that CHAPTER I 42 Fanny Burney was afraid to acknowledge the authorship of Evelina. Even in Jane Austen's days, the feeling that a woman, in writing a book, was overstepping the limitations of her sex was so pronounced that she never actually avowed the authorship of those charming works which have been the delight of three generations of readers. It was this same sentiment that caused the Bronte sisters and George Eliot, as well as many other notable women, to write under pseudonyms.

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