“Easier than baking a cake over a fire in the middle of summer” Isabella d’Este and the duty to procreate
Monash University, Room E561, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Fri 20 Oct
In this paper, I analyse first phase of the Este/Gonzaga marriage, when the pressure to produce a male heir was intense. I uncover both surveillance to which Isabella, in particular, was subject and her intense anxiety about sex and pregnancy, a situation that seems to have contributed to her slowness to conceive.