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The Renaissance of Letters

Knowledge and Community in Italy, 1300-1650, 1st Edition

Edited by Suzanne Sutherland, Paula Findlen


396 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Republics of Merchants

Chapter 1: One Network or Many? The World and Writing of Francesco di Marco Datini and his Correspondents

Jeffrey Miner (Western Kentucky University)

Chapter 2: A Florentine Humanist in India: Filippo Sassetti, Medici Agent by Annual Letter

Brian Brege (Syracuse University)

Part 2: What Do Letters Do?

Chapter 3: Letters and the Problem of Jewish Conversion to Christianity in Renaissance Italy

Tamar Herzig (Tel Aviv University)

Chapter 4: Mind the Gap: Exploring Lacunae in the Correspondences of Erasmus and Machiavelli

William J. Connell (Seton Hall University)

Chapter 5: The Letter and Diplomacy, An Example: The Florentine Mission Entrusted to Francesco Vettori in 1507

Chris Bacich, (Stanford University)

Chapter 6: Mapping Castiglione’s Letters: Diplomatic and Literary Networks in Renaissance Italy

Roberto Vetrugno (Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń)

Chapter 7: The Cardinal’s Dearest Son: Venetian Empire and the Career of Giovan Matteo Bembo

Demetrius Loufas (Stanford University)

Chapter 8: The Literary Lives of Health Workers in Late Renaissance Venice

Sarah Gwyneth Ross (Boston College)

Chapter 9: ‘La verità delle stelle’: Margherita Sarrocchi’s Letters to Galileo

Meredith K. Ray (University of Delaware)

Chapter 10: Something to Write Home About: Roman Military Careers at the Start of the Thirty Years War, 1618-23

Suzanne Sutherland (Middle Tennessee State University)

Part 3: From the Mailbag to the Archive

Chapter 11: Ottavio Codogno and the Ordinary Post

Rachel Midura (Stanford University)

Chapter 12: Archival Intelligence and the Afterlives of Letters, 1500-1650

Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck College, University of London)

About the Editors

Suzanne Sutherland is an Assistant Professor of Early Modern European History at Middle Tennessee State University, USA. She studies early modern military entrepreneurs and has worked on Stanford’s Mapping the Republic of Letters interdisciplinary digital humanities project since 2008.

Paula Findlen is Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History at Stanford University, USA. She is the author of Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (1994) and many other publications on Renaissance/Early Modern Italy and the history of science. Professor Findlen is the 2016 recipient of the Premio Galileo for her contributions to understanding Italian culture.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General