When this book was first published in 1927 there was a dearth of material written in English about the leading women of Florence at the time of the Renaissance. This volume, based primarily on their own letters, filled that gap. As well as discussing the characters and domestic life of these influential women, the book includes many of their most significant letters.
1. Introduction 2. The Ideal Woman 3. The forerunners 4. Contessina de’ Bardi 5. Lucrezia Tornabuoni 6. Clarice Orsini 7. The Younger Generation Notes on Chapters 1 -7. Appendix: Letters of Contessina de’ Bardi, Letters of Lucrezia Tornabuoni, Letters of Clarice Orsini