Margaret L. King

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Research Interests

  • Italian Renaissance, the classical tradition; the social and cultural history of early modern Europe; women and learning 1300-1800; the history of childhood from antiquity to the present


  • Ph.D. Stanford University


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Brooklyn College

Selected Books:


  • The Death of the Child Valerio Marcello (University of Chicago Press, 1994); winner of the Helen and Howard Marraro Prize for best book in Italian history, American Historical Association, 1996; available as an E-book with the ACLS History E-Book Project:  
  • Women of the Renaissance (University of Chicago Press, 1991); published in Italian as Le donne del Rinascimento (Laterza 1989); further translations into Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Dutch (1993-1994); Chinese translation forthcoming (2006 est.)
  • Venetian Humanism in an Age of Patrician Dominance (Princeton University Press, 1986); winner of the Howard Marraro Prize for best book in Italian history, American Catholic Historical Association, 1986; Italian trans. Umanesimo e patriziato a Venezia nel Quattrocento, 2 vols. (Rome: Il Veltro Editrice, 1989); available as an E-book with the ACLS History E-Book Project:  

Collected essays, editions, translations

  • Teaching Other Voices: Women and Religion in Early Modern Europe, ed. Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil, Jr. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007); Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Honorable Mention award, 2007.
  • Humanism, Venice, and Women: Essays on the Italian Renaissance (Variorum Collected Studies Series; Hampshire UK: Ashgate, 2005)
  • Isotta Nogarola, Complete Writings: Letterbook, Dialogue on Adam and Eve, Orations, ed. and trans. (with Diana Robin), for series "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe" (University of Chicago Press, 2004); winner of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature, Modern Language Association, 2005
  • Her Immaculate Hand: Selected Works By and About the Women Humanists of Quattrocento Italy, ed. and trans., with Albert Rabil, Jr. (2nd ed., Pegasus, 1992)


  • The Renaissance in Europe (Laurence King, © 2004; McGraw-Hill, ©. 2005); textbook, 384 pp., single-authored
  • Western Civilization: A Social and Cultural History (Prentice Hall, 2000); textbook, 919 pp., single-authored; 3rd ed., 2004

Articles and review essays

  • More than 50 articles, essays, and reviews (see Curriculum vitae, using link below, for complete references)


  • Editor-in-chief of Oxford University Press OBO (Online Bibliography): Renaissance and Reformation; to launch 2010.

Series editor

  • Series co-editor, with Albert Rabil Jr., 1996-present (ongoing): texts series THE OTHER VOICE IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE (University of Chicago Press) consisting of translations from Latin, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Polish, and Russian of works by and about women of the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries; 60 titles published with Chicago 1996-2010; 4 titles published as of 2010, with an eventual 50 more planned, in a second series with the University of Toronto, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and Iter, initiated 2009.
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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Brooklyn College