The reason for the question is an upcoming post on Bettina and Novella d’Andrea, two sisters who were (supposedly) law professors in medieval Italy. There are only slight English references to these two figures and one has a reference to a modern debunking written in Italian. But it isn’t online (and is in Italian), so who knows how solid that debunking is. Also, considering there is documentation of female medical school professors in southern Italy at that time, female law professors in northern Italy doesn’t seem that unreasonable.
But there are also mentions of a tomb in St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua to the grave of Bettina de Giovanni d’Andrea which references her law career. Which if it is original seems to support Bettina at least as a real person.
So if anyone out there happens to wander past St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua, Cool Chicks from History would totally reblog a photo of that grave. Capisce?