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Professor Judith Bryce

Her early research interests focused on mid-sixteenth-century Florentine cultural history, specifically  the milieu of the Accademia Fiorentina and the figure of the academician and polymath,  Cosimo Bartoli. She has also published on modern Italian literature, particularly the feminist author, Dacia Maraini. In the last twenty years, however, her work has centred on mid- to late-fifteenth-century Florence with a series of studies on issues of gender and culture. These include : the cultural politics of Lorenzo de’ Medici; epistolary relations between Lorenzo and Ippolita Sforza, Duchess of Calabria; the work of the religious dramatist Antonia Pulci; women’s literacy; women and performance; the correspondence of Archbishop Antonino Pierozzi with Dada degli Adimari in the 1450s, and the figure of Ginevra de’ Benci.  She is currently working on other epistolary topics, not least a volume of Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi’s letters for the series ‘The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe’.