Not much is known about Leonardo Da Vinci’s mother. Her name was Caterina, and Leonardo was taken from her at birth to live with his father’s family.

That’s really it. So Robin Maxwell’s Signora Da Vinci is fictionalized, but beautifully written. And it’s about a woman who lives in a world where being a female who wants to be educated equal to men, meant dressing up as a man. That was the closest you could get to being a “feminist” back then. It was the only safe way to  live, really. Being a woman was just not safe, or fair, and becoming an educated man was the only way she could see her child.