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The Italian Renaissance : the essential sources

Author: Kenneth Gouwens
Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Pub., 2004.
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These primary sources open a window onto the ways that women and men in Renaissance Italy sought to communicate their beliefs, desires, fears, and hopes, both about their own lives and about the dynamic culture they helped to shape. An ideal complement to Paula Findlen's 'The Italian Renaissance : Essential Readings' (Blackwell Publishing, 2002). Includes canonical texts alongside newly available ones that give  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sources
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Gouwens
ISBN: 0631231641 9780631231646 063123165X 9780631231653
OCLC Number: 51848787
Notes: "This reader has been designed to accompany the collection of scholarly essays edited by Paula Findlen, The Italian Renaissance: essential readings (Blackwell, 2002)"--Page 1.
Description: xi, 295 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I: Introductory readings. Inferno, cantos 1, 26 / Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) ; The ascent of Mont Ventoux, Two letters to Cicero, Il canzoniere, poems,1-5, 30, 189, 272, 365 / Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, 1304-1374) ; Life of Petrarch / Leonardo Bruni (ca. 1370-1444) --
Part II: Limits of intra-Italian statecraft. Commentaries VIII / Pope Pius II (Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, 1405-1464) ; The Prince, dedicatory letter and chapters 7, 15, 17-18, 25-6 / Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) --
Part III: Urban life and values. Decameron II, 5 (story of Andreuccio) / Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) ; Selected letters / Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi (1407-1471) ; Two letters between Machiavelli and Vettori / Francesco Vettori (1474-1539) --
Part IV: Gender and society. Decameron X, 10 (story of Griselda) / Boccaccio ; On Wifely Duties, preface; II, 1, 3-5, 9 / Francesco Barbara (1390-1454) --
Part V: The power of knowledge. On the donation of Constantine / Lorenzo Valla (1407-1457) ; Three Books on life I, 7; II, 10-13 / Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) ; Two "familiar" letters / Laura Cereta (1469-1499) ; An oration concerning the sack of Rome / Pietro Alcionio (ca. 1490-1528) --
Part VI: Patronage, art and culture. Selected letters on collecting art / Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) ; Autobiography I, 34-9 / Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) --
Part VIII: The end of the Renaissance. Book of the courtier IV, 4-26 / Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529) ; On the ill fortune of learned men I, 1-14 / Pierio Valeriano (1477-1558).
Responsibility: edited by Kenneth Gouwens.

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