The “Forgotten Women of Literature” series continues with a look at Aemilia Bassano Lanyer (1569-1645), the first Englishwoman to publish a volume of poetry, the protofeminist Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, which tells the story of Christ’s crucifixion from a woman’s perspective. In addition to her many accomplishments and incredible life story, Lanyer has tantalizingly close connections to William Shakespeare, leading Jacke (and other scholars) to speculation about whether she might have been the inspiration for the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
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2 thoughts on “The History of Literature #265 Forgotten Women of Literature 3 – Aemilia Lanyer”
Interesting to know. I would love a link to the poem. And I think you have the birth-death dates the wrong way around?
Thanks for pointing that out – there was a typo in the death date. It should be fixed now.