Faculty News

Pal Publishes Debut Book

History faculty member Carol Pal’s debut book, Republic of Women—released this month by the Cambridge University Press—tells the story of a transnational network of female scholars who were active members of the 17th-century republic of letters, and demonstrates that this intellectual commonwealth was a much more eclectic and diverse assemblage than had previously been assumed.

Pal uses the collective biography of seven scholars – Anna Maria van Schurman, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Marie de Gournay, Marie du Moulin, Dorothy Moore, Bathsua Makin and Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh – to reconfigure the intellectual biography of early modern Europe, offering a new, expanded analysis of the 17th-century community of ideas.