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Letters: Italy

Letters: Italy

(p.84) Letters: Italy
The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic
Olympia Morata
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores letters in Italy both written by Olympia Fulvia Morata and which contain references to her. Few of these early letters are dated. Letter One is from Fulvio Pellegrino Morato to his daughter, on the proper pronunciation of Latin. It is a strange, obscure, allusive, and overwrought effusion. Letters Two–Five are to and from Morata's teachers. Letter Three is written in Greek and must date before Caelius Secundus Curio's departure from Ferrara about October 1541. Letter Six, from Morata to her father, was written apparently soon after she joined the court, or at least when her relations with Duke Alfonso were friendly. The mention of her brother, Emilio Morato, dates it sometime after his birth in 1542. Letters Seven and Eight are short, undated notes to Morata's teacher Johann Sinapius, to cheer him up while he was ill.

Keywords:   letters, Italy, Olympia Fulvia Morata, Fulvio Pellegrino Morato, Caelius Secundus Curio, Ferrara, Duke Alfonso, Emilio Morato, Johann Sinapius

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