For she so much preferred a life of valour to one of ease that, when she might have enjoyed the pleasure of royalty, drawn by a woman’s madness she suddenly plunged into the hazards of war.
— Olaus Magnus
"The merchants' daughters, pale and beautiful,
open the windows, it's normal, there are stars outside,
they appear to be happy, but they should watch out for boredom,
in their golden, enchanted privilege."
— I Nomadi (Italian for "The Nomads"), "Mercanti e servi" (Italian for "Merchants and servants")