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Discourse to Lady Lavinia His Daughter

Annibal Guasco


When eleven-year-old Lavinia Guasca began her new life as a lady-in-waiting at the court of Turin, she brought with her a parting gift from her father Annibal (1540–1619): a detailed guidebook he wrote to help steer her through the many pitfalls of court life. Lavinia had her father's Discourse published in 1586. The Discourse displays an incredibly far-sighted view of women's education. Annibal thought gifted young girls should develop their talents and apply them to careers outside the home. In the Discourse, he details the unique and extremely rigorous educational program to which he had su ... More

Keywords: Lavinia Guasca, lady-in-waiting, court of Turin, women's education, Annibal, young girls, talents, careers, educational program, spirituality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226310534
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226310565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annibal Guasco, author