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write shrewdly of what can catch only the woman's eye and mind ; no Lebrun or Angelica Kauffmann, unless we liken to them the

obscure Maria de Ararca, the contemporary of Velasquez and " Dona Maria de Rubens, both of whom admired her work.

Mendoza, the pretty Isobel of Cordova, far richer in Latin, Catherine Greek and Hebrew than in worldly possessions faith the two of rhetoric bard of love and the Ribera, professors ;

;

at the Universities

who taught

the

of Salamanca and Alcala

Queen Latin

Toledo Cathedral and went

to

;

;

Beatrice of Galindo

Isabella Rosera,

Rome

who preached

in

to convert the Jews and to

comment on Scotus Erigena

before an array of dumbfounded cardinals ; Aloysia Sygea, again, the most illustrious of them all, an infant prodigy to begin with, then a Father of the Church, who

These were women could speak the most outlandish languages. full of sap and energy, whom no one was astonished to see taking by main force the first rank in the spheres of literature, philosophy and theology."' their very names are unfamiliar to us now, and their are they ? The mystic savant, Aloysia Sygea, half where works, French but wholly Spanish in her endowments, was doomed for

But

long to unjust notoriety through a disreputable work passed off under her name. But of her own writings, all the results of an education and hard study in the very midst of the distractions of court life, what do we now know save that they never probably saw the light, and that, in the words of her

advanced

classical

" epitaph, As to the

Her modesty rivalled her knowledge of languages." enormous amount of work accomplished by Beatrice of

Galindo, or La Latina, as she was called by the Queen, it was never published. Widowed while still young, childless, im-

mensely life,

rich, her

Femwes de Geo. H. Ely. '

many

gifts

were consecrated to the religious

to the building of convents and hospitals (one of which la

Renaissance.

R. de

Maulde de

ClaviSre.

still

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