Wednesday, December 31, 2008


so I have pulled together some italian garb

Clothing - You will of course be appropriately dressed. You shall demonstarte this by producing a complete outfit including at theleast outerwear, underwear, and headwear. Footwear and accessories need not be made by you but should be used to complete the outfit.

Chopines- platform shoes

Portrait of two venetian women, close up of shoes, my shoes

Calze- stockings

On the Left- period examples on the right my linen stockings

Calzoni- drawers

Camicia- chemise

cintolini- garters

falda- petticoats

veste- overdress with sleeves

tocchiglie- veil

guanti- gloves

cinta- girdle

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I wanted to post a little about my persona's name and such

For the last 10 years I have been known as Anora Marchaunt but since I have decided to focus on my research on Venetian Courtesans I wanted to also change my name.

I choose Magdalena to tie to Mary Magdalene who is the patron saint of fallen women since my persona will be a courtesan

Lucia because it is the feminine derivative of Latin lux ‘light’and Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings).

Ramberti I chose because of his ties to Veronica Franco and (I admit this is silly) But he was my favorite character in dangerous beauty

Magdalena- pronounced mag-DUH-lee-nah.

Lucia- pronounced loo-CHEE-uh

Ramberti- pronounced ram-BEAR-tea

Magdalena & Lucia
from ( - both are feminine names from Florence dated to the 14th and 15th C.
"Fourteenth Century Venetian Personal Names" by Arval Benicoeur (Josh Mittleman) and Talan Gwynek (Brian M. Scott), Academy of St. Gabriel Medieval Names Archive (

Ramberti: "Italian Names from Imola, 1312" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman), Academy of St. Gabriel Medieval Names Archive (
The surname Ramberti is found in The Honest Courtesan, Margaret F Rosenthal, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1992: Iudovico Ramberti's will was written in 1570 (p. 79, also mentioned on p.296, n.54) Also mentioned is Pietro Ramberti in 1540 (p.79).

persona story

Magdalena Lucia Ramberti was born Oct 16 1551 to Helena and Nicolo da Canal. The 3rd surviving child of 5 pregnancies. Her mother a retired courtesan saved her money to have a good dowry so she could marry a upper middle class gentleman who was rising among the doge's household. Her mother decided upon the Magdalena in honor of St. Mary Magdalen patron saint of fallen women. Her two older brothers Domenico and Luca grew up to serve the mother church. Domenico become an honored solider in the church's Army and Lucca became a priest and traveled to raise money for the church's coffer's.

At age twelve Magda's father left on a trade ship never to return, less then a year later her mother discovered he had done so to escape his gambling debts. With her son's gone Helena had to turn to the one trade she knew. She began teaching her daughter what it took to become a courtesan and Magda flourished at her lessons.

When Magda reached fifteen Helena caught a fever and passed away. Her mother's good friend Meliore took Magda in and finished her training. Meliore became like a mother to Magda introducing her to all the right people and reminding her to not fritter away her hard earned money. She also encouraged Magda to use the name of one of her clients instead of the common Da Canal so she could move in higher circles.

Magda now lives in a lovely Casetta (small house) purchased by one of Magda's Patrons. it faces Rio d. Verona and Backs onto Calle Madona. One side of the casetta overlooks Rio di San Luca. It is a perfect location close to three large Churches and far enough away from the grand Canal that her clients might come to her salon's without the distasteful looks of their wives.

Norwich, John Julius. A History of Venice. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.Rosenthal, Margaret F. The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer in Sixteenth-Century Venice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993Fourteenth Century Venetian Personal Names

What this blog is

this blog is a place for me to work on developing my persona. It will also be a place for me to keep my research on my persona related classes and projects

Also I plan on keeping the records of my quest for this persona