Famous 16th Century Women

By Tim Lambert

There were many famous women in Europe in the 16th century. Women were rulers, writers, artists, and entrepreneurs. The following is a list of some of the great women of the 16th century.

Jeanne d’Albret 1528-1572

She was the queen of Navarre

Isabella Andreini 1562-1604

Isabella was an actress and writer

Catherine of Aragon 1485-1536

She was an English queen

Tullia d’Aragona 1510-1556

She was a poet

Anne Askew 1521-1546

She was an important English Protestant

Sofonisba Anguissola 1532-1625

She was an artist

Anne Boleyn 1501-1536

She was an English Queen

Katharina von Bora 1499-1552

She was a German Protestant

Lucrezia Borgia 1480-1519

She was an important noblewoman

Sophia Brahe 1556-1643

Sophia was a Horticulturist and astronomer

Maddalena Casulana 1544-1583

Maddalena was a composer

Vittoria Colonna 1490-1549

Vittoria was a poet

Elizabeth 1 1533-1603

She was the queen of England

Elizabeth I

Lavinia Fontana 1552-1614

She was an artist

Beatriz Galindo (c 1465-1523)

Beatriz was a great scholar and writer

Bess of Hardwick 1527-1608

She was a very rich woman in England

Caterina van Hemessen 1528-1587

Caterina was an artist

Louise Labe c. 1524-1566

Louise was a poet

Rose Lok 1526-1613

Rose was a rich English businesswoman. She died aged 86.

Barbara Longhi 1552-1638

Barbara was an artist

Catherine de Medici 1519-1589

Catherine was a French queen

Olympia Morata 1526-1555

Olympia was an important humanist scholar

Gracia Mendes Nasi c.1510-1569

She was a very wealthy businesswoman, born in Portugal

Plautilla Nelli 1524-1588

Plautilla was a famous artist

Catherine Parr 1512-1548

She was an English queen. Catherine was also a famous writer.

Marietta Robusti 1560-1590

Marietta was an artist

Roxelana (Hurrem Sultan) c. 1502-1558

She was born in what is now Ukraine but she was kidnapped and made a slave. She was forced to be a concubine but later became the wife of the Ottoman Emperor Suleyman the Magnificent. She was a highly influential woman.

Diana Scultori 1547-1612

Diana was an engraver

Levina Teerlinc 1510-1576

Levina was a painter

Mary Tudor 1516-1558

She was the queen of England

Katharine Zell 1497-1562

She was a German Protestant

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