Most people, when they visit Elisabetta Franchi house in Florence, Italy are astounded at the beauty and opulence of her surroundings. Just like any other amazing woman from her time, she is as beautiful as she was when she was young and most likely still pregnant.
This is a house that is of course from a bygone era, with its exquisite furniture, and dainty fabrics, and paintings that are of the most delicate pastel colors. Elisabetta is always surrounded by the beautiful smells of roses and greenery. It has been such a privilege to be able to spend time and learn from Elisabetta’s every word and movement.
Language lessons and workshops are part of the life that she offers. One might think that if she speaks Italian, her English skills are impeccable. That is not so. The reason for her learning English was that she had learned her native language in order to survive.
A woman who was hungry for knowledge was in fact a very important part of Florence during the Renaissance. As a matter of fact, she was an expert at writing. There were many men around her city who would seek her out and try to read one of her books about the art of writing.
She believed that a female English was the best kind of English. As it turns out, she was the first female writer to be highly regarded in the English world. Elisabetta was born in 1479 and she and her husband made their home in Florence when she was just a child.
She was a member of the Opus Dei during the late medieval period in Europe, and she wrote about her experiences during the European Renaissance. She is the author of many books, one of which is now considered the first autobiographical novel.
There is no doubt that Elisabetta did not make the best career choices as a female English-speaker. In fact, she probably had a hard time finding a job and had to rely on her writing skills for employment.
In my own research, I have found that she not only loved the language, but she also wanted to teach her new world to other people. She wrote countless letters to women who had migrated to other parts of Europe to become teachers and help immigrants get educated.