The concept of Venice as the 'most perfect republic' was a major part of the myth of Venice which reached its full flowering in the 16th century. This myth in turn fed utopian visions of a unified world in which universal reformation and brotherhood would be the hallmark. The essays here examine the ideas and motivation of three Frenchmen of the 16th century, Jean Bodin, Guillaume Postel and Dionisio Gallo, who each made their own contribution to this conception of Venice and developed their own utopian ideals. Themes discussed are the foundations of Venetian toleration, the reasons for God's love of Venice above any other city, the relationship between charity and restitution, and the role of sexual dualism as a paradigm for the ideal state. Particular attention is given to the enigmatic figure of the 'Virgin of Venice'.
'… an important collection… Every student of early-modern European history should therefore find in this collection some facts and interpretations relevant to his or her specific concerns.' Utopian Studies '… makes rigorous yet creative use of archival sources to build innovative arguments…' Renaissance Quarterly Vol. 54
Contents: Introduction; The myth of Venice in the thought of Guillaume Postel; The home of Coronaeus in Jean Bodin’s Colloquium Heptaplomeres: an example of a Venetian academy; Structure, form and meaning in the Colloquium Heptaplomeres of Jean Bodin: Harmony and the Heptaplomeres of Jean Bodin; The concept of toleration in the Colloquium Heptaplomeres of Jean Bodin; ’Venezia portava el fuocho in seno’: Guillaume Postel before the Council of Ten in 1584: priest turned prophet; Voices from a Venetian prison in the cinquecento: Francesco Spinola and Dionisio Gallo; The Virgin of Venice and concepts of the millennium in Venice; Angela da Foligno: a paradigm of Venetian spirituality in the sixteenth century; Lodovico Domenichi, Guillaume Postel, and the biography of Giovanna Veronese; Guillaume Postel e l’idea di Venezia come la magistratura piÃ¹ perfetta; Europa catalizzatrice tra Oriente el Occidente nel pensiero di Guillaume Postello; Profezia e politica nella Venezia del seidicesimo secolo: il case di Dionisio Gallo; Guillaume Postel and the World State: restitution and the universal monarchy; Postel and his idea of progress and utopian reality; Index.
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