15th century Redbook?

While doing research on medieval romance tales, Canadian professor James Weldon made a fascinating discovery: the first women's magazine. The manuscript, known as Biblioteca Nazionale, produced on paper in 1457, is a fascinating collection of recipes and romances aimed at the female reader. (photo)

"There are very few secular vernacular books oriented towards women," said Weldon, who presented a paper on the anthology at a meeting of the Canadian Society of Medievalists, part of the annual Social Sciences and Humanities Congress in Ottawa. This one is interesting, he said, because it helps explain women's culture and reading.