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CONVENTS AND COURTESANS: Women‘s Lives in pre modern Venice. Patricia Erskine Hill Tuesday 17 March 2020

Research has shown how thousands of women were forced to enter convents against their will in order to save their families the cost of their dowries. Matched alongside this was the huge growth in the number and wealth of Venetian Courtesans.

Brought up in Italy, France and Switzerland, Patsy holds a first class degree in Italian from Trinity College, Dublin and a Masters degree in Imperial Russian history from Edinburgh University. Having taught in the US she returned to the Uk and lectures widely to societies and groups. Her interests are the society, art and architecture of Imperial Russia; Italian history, art and culture; the English eighteenth century.

 

Veronica Franco, famous Venetian poet and courtesan. Portrait by Paolo Veronese.