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Schurman, Anna Maria van
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(Nov 5, 1607, Cologne – May 14, 1678, Wieuvert, Friesland), daughter of Dutch Reformed parents, she lived in Utrecht after 1623 and was allowed to study at the university there (e.g. with G. Voetius). Her outstanding erudition and linguistic facility, coupled with artistic talent, gained her renown as the “prodigy of her time.” She corresponded with many scholars, including R. Descartes and Christian Huyghens, and defended the right of women to engage in scientific studies (Dissertatio de ingenii muliebris ad doctrinam et meliores litteras aptitudine, 1643). Late…

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Wallmann, Johannes, “Schurman, Anna Maria van”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025375>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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