Blogging from A-Z April 2018 Challenge

F is for Moderata Fonte

Moderata Fonte, pseudonym of Modesta di Pozzo di Forzi (or Zorzi), also known as Modesto Pozzo (or Modesta, feminization of Modesto), (1555–1592) was a Venetian writer and poet. Her uncle, Giovanni Niccolò Doglioni (1548-1629), wrote a biography of Moderata for the preface to her dialogue, Il merito delle donne (The Worth of Women), which was published posthumously in 1600. Although Il Merito is Moderata’s best known work, she also wrote a romance, Floridoro and religious poetry, for which I could not find an English translation, but which is worth reading if one has Italian.

Fonte, Moderata, 1555–1592. The Worth of Women: Wherein is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Superiority to Men. Edited and translated by Virginia Cox. University of Chicago, 1997.

Fonte, Moderata,1555–1592. Floridoro: a chivalric romance. Edited with an introduction by Valeria Finucci ; translated by Julia Kisacky ; annotated by Valeria Finucci and Julia Kisacky. University of Chicago Press, 2006.