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10 Women Who Ruled the Renaissance

By: Joyce Salisbury,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Joyce Salisbury
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About the Creator and Performer

Joyce E. Salisbury is Professor Emerita of Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, where she taught history and served as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Director of International Education. Professor Salisbury earned her PhD in Medieval History at Rutgers University. She has written several books about women in ancient history, including the award-winning Perpetua’s Passion: Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman; Rome’s Christian Empress: Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of the Empire; and Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World. She has also been interviewed many times on National Public Radio.

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Fills Gaps in History

The narration of this audiobook is wonderful. When picking up this book, do so with the understanding that the women within it are flawed. These women are colonists, slaveholders, and one even had multiple accounts of murder. Don’t use this book to look for role models, but rather to see the gaps in history where women are so often left out.

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intriguing and unknown women

Very much appreciate Dr. Salisbury highlighting women in history. She is one of the few professors who cites her sources often, which any historian should do. Like much Western history, though, this focuses only on those in power and so feels patriarchal in tone.

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Goes around the world.

I really liked this lecture because it didn’t just focus on European women but women world wide. And it goes to show that no matter where you are in the world people are flawed. However, even women can find their way through all that brokeness.

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Amazing listen!

If you're a big history geek who wants to broaden your horizons and know about the amazing women who accomplished great feats, this is right up your alley. It is sad to see how, as a result of Women's history becoming so mainstream has acquired a big ego that it keeps regurgitating the same old talking points of the same women of this period who were great and should be admired. Don't get me wrong. Many of those women should but they shouldn't continuously take the center stage to the point of obfuscating the women highlighted here who were also great in their own right.
I was so pleased to find out more about these women and learn new things I didn't know! That's always a joy.

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4 stars for not being about Renaissance women.

when I hear "Renaissance" I think Italy. not Mongolia, India, Spain, England, China and pirates (Ireland and Arabia). good book, but it's focus is global

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Great lecture

This Great Courses was great. I learned things that I did not know. If you want to learn about women in the Renaissance this is the book or you.

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Vivid history.

Love the narrator. Learned more history from this little book than from volumes of dry history textbooks. Vivid images of the past made me a witness of the events. Thank you.

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10 Women Who Ruled the Renaissance by Joyce Salisbury, The Great Courses, Audible original narrated by Joyce Salisbury, is vital and specific historical information. Some of the ten women I have never heard of in my life before. However, some are known famously, such as the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth. Unfortunately, not all women are Royalty, which was carefully discussed by the author, who happens to be a retired professor of history. Enslaved people (women), orphans, from Mexico conquest all around the world and the sixteenth century from the beginning of it till the end women's contribution to the rise of individualism is undoubtful.

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according to this author there are no black women

I was more than a little disappointed to find out that in all of this woman's research she couldn't find a single African-American or African or any one of brown skin really she should be ashamed of this book she calls a work of art but she is American and she is Caucasian and I guess she feels justified

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Joyce is Fantastic!

Such an interesting listen and full of great historical facts about women. I have been intrigued and will research these Renaissance women

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  • 09-13-22

inaccurate

It was really interesting, then it got on to a part of history I knew about which was full of inaccuracy and propoganda. So now I can't trust the rest of the chapters.

Names were inconsistent, sometimes the actual name and sometimes the English or Spanish translation of a name rather than the person's real name.

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  • 09-03-22

Fascinating topic but let down by these lectures

This is a topic and period of history in which I have a deep interest and have read quite widely (and even so had not heard of a couple of these women). However, much as I really wanted this to draw me in, I just couldn’t listen and had to give up after trying a few of the lectures. The narration is truly awful and sweeping statements are made with absolutely no source material cited so impossible to gauge accuracy. Unfortunately I found it frustrating, disappointing and irritating in equal measure.

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  • HistorianLaura
  • 06-13-22

Inaccurate

As a historian and author of the period I like to see what others write this is woeful.

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  • 04-21-22

Excellent

It was very enlightening to hear about these ten women. Most of them, I had never even heard of before. Their lives were certainly worthy of note.

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  • 10-17-21

A Feminist must read!

Loved everything from the narration to the women chosen for this book. It was incredibly eye opening and inspiring to listen to. Could not recommend enough!

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  • 09-04-21

Fascinating histories of unknown women

I am the co-author of a book which brings together hundreds of women from history, and even I hadn't heard of many of these women. They are brought to life with great style and narrative interest here, in a really enjoyable and rewarding listen.

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  • 09-07-22

Enjoyable and informative

Really enjoyed learning about these amazing women and their contribution to society in a world that was not designed for success of women

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  • Loretta.
  • 07-27-22

10 Woman That Ruled The Renaissance Joyce Salisbu

Thank you Joyce Salisbury for a grate book on 10 Extrodenery woman who ruled in a man's world
and did all there lives 💜

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  • Deirdre E Siegel
  • 10-20-21

The title could be misleading

Great brief history of 10 interesting women,
that to a certain extent ruled their own lives.
Luminating listen, thanks Joyce :-)