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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Dear medieval-religion colleagues,

First of all: thank you, sincerely if belatedly, to the several of you who so kindly helped me, on list and off, regarding my query as to the numbering of flyleaves in books containing medieval manuscripts. I am truly grateful to each of you!

Secondly: today’s Google Doodle draws attention to Elena Cornaro Piscopia (1646-1684) as being the first woman to obtain a doctorate. This is clearly a mistranslation or misunderstanding: the holder of an Italian ‘laurea’ is addressed as ‘dottor[essa]’ but the ‘laurea’ is not the same as a ‘PhD’. Elena got a degree in philosophy on 25 June 1678 from the University of Padua, but this was a ‘laurea’, not a ‘dottorato’ or ‘PhD’ in the modern sense of the term.

Elena’s education made me wonder about women in university education before her time. Was she in fact the first to obtain a university degree? I’ve quickly scanned the matter online, and seen what may be legendary accounts of female university graduates and female university lecturers such as Bettisia Gozzadini (1209-1261) and Novella d’Andrea (b. 1333). I am not aware of documentation for any such pre-Elena university women, and I would be very interested to learn from you if you should know anything about this.

Thanks so much (again, to those who helped me with the manuscript query, as well as with this present one).

Best wishes, George

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