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Studies in Renaissance Humanism and Politics

Florence and Arezzo, 1st Edition

By Robert Black


354 pages

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The fifteen articles republished here exemplify the many directions Robert Black's research in Renaissance studies has taken. The first five studies look at Renaissance humanism, in particular at its origins, and the concept of the Renaissance as well as the theory and practice of historical writing. Black also updates his monograph on the Florentine chancellor, Benedetto Accolti. Machiavelli is the subject of three articles, focusing on his education and career in the Florentine chancery. Next come Black's seminal studies of Arezzo under Florentine rule, revealing the triangular relationship between centre, periphery and the Medici family. Finally, two articles on political thought examine the relative merits of monarchical and republican government for political thinkers on both sides of the Alps.


"(…) the essays collected in this volume show an impressive breadth of research on Quattrocento Tuscany; the essays also demonstrate an equally impressive range of methodological approaches. The former aspect of this volume will make it useful for students and scholars of the Italian Renaissance, particularly Florentine Humanism, while the latter aspect of the volume offers an excellent model of scholarly writing. The admirable variation on methodologies that Black employs throughout these articles should encourage students to develop a wide range of skills to hone their craft as historians." -- Jason Houston, University of Oklahoma, USA

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part I Humanism: The new laws of history; The Donation of Constantine: a new source for the concept of the Renaissance?; Boccaccio, reader of the Appendix Vergiliana: the Miscellanea Laurenziana and 14th-century schoolbooks; Benedetto Accolti: a portrait; The origins of humanism. Part II Machiavelli: Florentine political traditions and Machiavelli's election to the chancery; Machiavelli, servant of the Florentine Republic; New light on Machiavelli's education. Part III Arezzo: The uses and abuses of iconology: Piero della Francesca and Carlo Ginzburg; Cosimo de' Medici and Arezzo; Piero de' Medici and Arezzo; Lorenzo and Arezzo; Arezzo, the Medici and the Florentine regime. Part IV Political Thought: The political thought of the Florentine chancellors; Republicanism; Indexes.

About the Author

Robert Black is Professor of Renaissance History at the University of Leeds, UK

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century