First impressions. Women printers in the 1500s.
Petronill of Seashire
Instructor's Kingdom: Ealdormere, Time Zone: EST
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In much of Europe women in the 1500s were as engaged in printing as their husbands, fathers, and sons and often came to be in charge of the print shop. Come and learn about the first known instance of women printers, the Italian Nuns of San Jacopo di Ripoli (printing from 1476-1484), the first well-known female printer, Charlotte Guillard (French, printing from 1502-1557), and Jacquinetta Vautrolier who printed her first book in England in 1581 whilst her husband was away and then had to fight the Stationer’s Guild for the right to publish after his death, as well as countless* others. I will have examples of their published works that still exist, and also attempt to situate them within the broader context of their times.
*To be fair, I won’t actually be discussing all of them as over 100 women have been documented in England from 1550-1650).
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