Monica E. Spence

About me

Monica E. Spence is a PhD candidate, educator, writer, fashion designer,historian and maker of historical clothing.

Her first novel-length book, LOVE IS NOT PROUD, a Renaissance-era historical romance, has been published by eTreasures Publishing. Her Renaissance-era short story A QUESTION OF JUSTICE,is available at and

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American Merchant, Unsung Hero and Spy 1813

This essay is based upon my Author’s notes from my historical Romance novel, C1PHER, which is available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and from the publisher, The Wild Rose Press.  C1PHER is a work of historical fiction, with the tale carefully straddling history and storytelling, but there are…

NUANCES OF SHADE: Sofonisba Anguissola and her Art Placing her in Context

This essay is based on my research on Italian Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola, who is the protagonist in my novel (in progress), An Illustrious Woman. NUANCES OF SHADE: Sofonisba Anguissola and her Art Placing her in Context By: Monica E. Spence There are men and women who put their stamp on…

Duke Cosimo de I Medici of Florence and Duchess Eleonora of Toledo of Florence

Cosimo I de Medici,Second Duke of Florence By: Bronzino Eleonora de Toledo Duchess of Florence By: Alessandro Allori This Bibliography was taken from a handout provided at my lecture about Eleonora of Toledo (Eleonora de Toledo) at the Society for Creative Anachronism’s (SCA) Pennsic War, as well as newly available sources.   Duke…

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