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Poetry of Veronica Gambara

Poetry of Veronica Gambara

Veronica Gambara (1485-1550) was born near Brescia in Northern Italy. In 1509 she married her cousin, Giberto X, Count of Correggio and wrote passionate love poems in his honour. After his death in 1518 she continued to write poetry, as well as bringing up her children and being involved in her family's affairs. This vignette is taken from the title page of the edition of Gambara's poems and letters, 'Rime e lettere di Veronica Gambara', which was compiled by Felice Rizzardi, and published at Brescia in 1759. It was purchased for the University of Bristol Library in October 1926. The European Hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus, lives for up to 5 years, and eats small invertebrates such as slugs and earthworms. This hedgehog appears to be out in the early autumn when the grapes are ripe. In medieval times, hedgehogs rolling on fruit was seen as a symbol of the wiles of the devil, as the fruit was spoilt for humans. The motto above the hedgehog translates as ‘not for ourselves alone’.