Theoxena
4 March 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

Fancy a cup? You are in good luck! The guest of our weekly Women's Wednesday is Theoxena: a loving mother, aunt, and fan of a good cup of... poison. Theoxena was the daughter of a…

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DANCE DANCE DANCE: the Dancing Mania and other kinds of mass hysteria
29 February 2020   |    Devilries

Fear? Paranoia? Symptoms that seem inexplicable and infections "at first sight"? Nothing new! In the middle of these days' psychosis, Folia Magazine proposes an in-depth analysis of some cases of phantom "illnesses" that occurred during…

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The Greatest Show-off
28 February 2020   |    Floral Friday

Illumination from a Book of Hours, Use of Paris, ms. Latin 1176, f. 30r, 15th century, Département des manuscrits, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.

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Sophonisba
26 February 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

Another Wednesday, another story! This week we are asking you a difficult question: what would you be willing to do in order to maintain your freedom? In his De Mulieribus Claris, Boccaccio often praises the…

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The Creation
21 February 2020   |    Floral Friday

"Creation of the Animals", illumination from the "Book of hours by the Master of Charles VIII", Cod. 110, f. 13v, ca. 1495-98, private collection, e-codices.

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Busa of Canosa
19 February 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

As we approach the last third of the De Mulieribus Claris, Boccaccio decides to report to us a prime example of solidarity that, unbeknownst even to him, would eventually forerun the institution of the Red…

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True Love
14 February 2020   |    Funny Folia

Feeling lonely on this Valentine's Day? If you feel like a future as an old crazy cat lady (or gentleman!) is drawing nearer, don't worry: you surely are in good company - as our medieval…

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Harmonia
12 February 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

Here we are again for our weekly appointment with illustrious women! This week our protagonist is the Sicilian Harmonia, praised by Boccaccio for her strength of mind and her compassion. Daughter of Gelone, who was…

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Fly over the garden
7 February 2020   |    Floral Friday

Illumination from the"Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile", ms. Add MS 18851, f. 102v, circa 1497, British Library, London.

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Sulpicia
5 February 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

Over the course of our Women's Wednesday column, we have previously mentioned the importance of chastity for Roman matrons, even within married couples. On this note, our protagonist today was considered to be the chastest of all Roman women:…

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