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1. Born (probably) to a pagan chief and his newly-baptized slave, St. Bridget of Ireland is included in "The Dinner Party" as a symbol of the reconciliation of goddess-worshiping Celts with patriarchal Christianity. One of Bridget's accomplishments was which of the following?
2. This Byzantine empress who lived c. 497-548 was a champion of women's rights.
3. She called herself "The strong voice of Gandersheim". Writing in the second half of the eleventh century, this nun was also a poet, playwright, and Germany's first historian.
4. Trotula was a female physician who lived in Salerno, Italy in the eleventh century. One of her books was entitled "De Passionibus Mulierum Curandarum". In what area of medicine did Trotula specialize?
5. Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) was the wife of two kings and the mother of two more. She rode with her first husband to the Holy Land during the Second Crusade and was harshly criticized for it. Of which two countries was Eleanor queen?
6. Hildegarde was one of the first women composers. She was also a nun, a scholar, a writer, and an artist. "The Dinner Party" states that her work "emphasized the relationship between human and divine".
In what town (later added to Hildegarde's name) did she found a monastery and produce much of her work?
7. Petronilla de Meath represents the persecution of women from the 13th to the 17th centuries. What happened to Petronilla?
8. Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) was the daughter of the Duke of Ferrara and the wife of Francesco Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua. Her thousands of letters, her political ambitions, and her patronage of the arts gave her the nickname "First Lady of the Renaissance".
9. A true Renaissance woman, she ruled England from 1558-1603. By refusing to marry, she kept the reins of power firmly in her own hands.
10. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653), although handicapped by her sex, became famous in which of these fields?
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