Gr 6 Up-There are numerous excellent reference works dealing with the Renaissance but few focus specifically on women. This work covers how women of the period lived; how they were treated and viewed; and the literary, artistic, musical, social, political, scientific, and religious contributions they made. Most of the roughly 150 entries are biographies. They include profiles of Marguerite de Navarre, Catherine of Siena, Elizabeth I, Isabella d'Este, Louise Labe, Artemisia Gentileschi, Barbara Strozzi, Anne de Graville, Anna of Denmark, and Sofonisba Anguissola. Black-and-white reproductions of period portraits are included in many of the profiles. Subjects include alchemy; contraception and birth control; religious persecution; feminism; power, politics, and women; Sappho and the Sapphic tradition; work; and literary culture. Each of the alphabetically arranged essays is about one-half to two pages long, and is signed, concise, and well written, and the bibliography is extensive. An excellent addition.-Madeleine G. Wright, New Hampton School, NH Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.