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Olympia Flilvia Morata (1526/27–55)

Olympia Flilvia Morata (1526/27–55)

(p.1) Olympia Flilvia Morata (1526/27–55)
The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic
Olympia Morata
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the time when Olympia Fulvia Morata first stepped onto the stage of history, at the age of fourteen. It was a literal stage, set in what her friend and biographer, Caelius Secundus Curio, called “the private Academy of the Queen of Ferrara.” At Renée de France's secluded villa, which she called Il Consolando, sometime between April and October 1541, before a select audience of French, German, and Italian heretics, Morata lectured in Latin on Cicero's Stoic Paradoxes. The chapter states little of her life before her own letters begin to tell the story, but one can see something of the background to her life and thought by examining the two most important influences during her formative years: her father, Fulvio Pellegrino Morato; and the besieged and heterodox court in which Morata was raised.

Keywords:   Olympia Fulvia Morata, Caelius Secundus Curio, Queen of Ferrara, Renée de France, Il Consolando, Cicero, Stoic Paradoxes, Fulvio Pellegrino Morato, heterodox court

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