Perfumes and perfume-making in the Celestina

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Celestina’s house, as Dorothy Sherman Severin notes, is at the same time ‘a bawdy house, a factory for perfumes and cosmetics, and a symbol of the misrule of a woman empowered by her illegal professions of sorceress, witch and bawd’ (Severin 1995: 45). In these pages I will endeavour to set Celestina’s skills in the context of making perfume and uses of it in the early 16th century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
JournalBulletin of Hispanic Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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