Veronica Franco  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Veronica Franco (1546–1591) was an Italian poet and courtesan in 16th century Venice.

"When we too are armed and trained, we can convince men that we have hands, feet, and a heart like yours; and although we may be delicate and soft, some men who are delicate are also strong; and others, coarse and harsh, are cowards. Women have not yet realized this, for if they should decide to do so, they would be able to fight you until death; and to prove that I speak the truth, amongst so many women, I will be the first to act, setting an example for them to follow."

Role in media

Franco's life was recorded in the book The Honest Courtesan, by author Margaret F. Rosenthal.

Catherine McCormack portrayed Veronica Franco in the 1998 movie Dangerous Beauty (released as 'A Destiny of Her Own' in some countries), based on Rosenthal's book.

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