Celebrating City Women | Emilia Bassano


Laura Miller explores the life of Emilia Bassano, born on the eastern edge of the City of London in 1569. She was the daughter of Baptiste Bassano, a migrant musician who had travelled from Venice to play at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

In recent years it has been suggested that Emilia may have been ‘The Dark Lady’, the mysterious woman who inspired William Shakespeare to write some of his finest sonnets. Emilia was not just a muse, she became the first published female poet in England in 1611. Laura takes us through Emilia's life and her struggle to make herself heard.