1565 · Antuerpiae:
". . . Fregoso's text is the likely source for the humanist Girolamo Morlini's story of a young girl's transformation in a Neapolitan convent . . . This particular episode of spontaneous female-to-male sex change became an exemplary case and was routinely cited in both scientific and literary texts which discussed this marvel of physiology." – Suzanne Magnanini, Fairy-tale Science: Monstrous Generation in the Tales of Straparola . . . 2008. p. 58.
Battista Fregoso (1450-1504) was the 40th Doge of the Republic of Genoa. He was educated by Raimondo Soncino, studying the humanities. He also studied the use of weapons. He was forced to flee to France, devoting himself to the study of writing and letters. When he did return home he was unable to regain his title. He was then banned again never to return.
Brunet II 1422; Graesse II 645. (Inventory #: LV2205)