Living on the Edge in Leonardo’s Florence: Selected Essays

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University of California Press, 14.3.2005 - 237 sivua
In Living on the Edge in Leonardo's Florence, an internationally renowned master of the historian's craft provides a splendid overview of Italian history from the Black Death to the rise of the Medici in 1434 and beyond into the early modern period. Gene Brucker explores those pivotal years in Florence and ranges over northern Italy, with forays into the histories of Genoa, Milan, and Venice. The ten essays, three of which have never before been published, exhibit Brucker's graceful intelligence, his command of the archival sources, and his ability to make history accessible to anyone interested in this place and period. Whether he is writing about a case in the criminal archives, about a citation from Machiavelli, or the concept of modernity, the result is the same: Brucker brings the pulse of the period alive.

Five of these essays explore themes in the premodern period and delve into Italy's political, social, economic, religious, and cultural development. Among these pieces is a lucid, synoptic view of the Italian Renaissance. The last five essays focus more narrowly on Florentine topics, including a fascinating look at the dangers and anxieties that threatened Florence in the fifteenth century during Leonardo's time and a mini-biography of Alessandra Strozzi, whose letters to her exiled sons contain the evidence for her eventful life.

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2 Civic Traditions in Premodern Italy
22
Forging an Italian Identity
42
Structure and Contingency in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
62
The Problem of Trust in Italian History 13001500
83
6 Florence Redux
104
7 Living on the Edge in Leonardos Florence
114
8 Florentine Cathedral Chaplains in the Fifteenth Century
128
9 The Pope the Pandolfini and the Parrochiani of S Martino a Gangalandi 1465
143
The Eventful Life of a Florentine Matron
151
Notes
169
Index
195
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Gene Brucker is Shepard Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Florence: The Golden Age, 1138-1737 (California, second edition, 1998), Giovanni and Lusanna California, 1986), and Renaissance Florence (California, second edition, 1983).

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