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Hidden women of history: Hélisenne de Crenne, the first French novelist to tell her own story

By Susan Broomhall, Director, Gender and Women's History Research Centre, Australian Catholic University
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In this series, we look at under-acknowledged women through the ages.


In 1538, a new author burst on to the literary scene in Paris. Published by Denys Janot, four new works appeared within five years by a writer known as Hélisenne de Crenne.

The first was Les Angoysses douloureuses…


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