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Coniurationis commentarium / Commentario della congiura dei Pazzi

  • Angelo Poliziano,
  • Edited by:
  • Leandro Perini,

The Pazzi Consipracy by Angelo Poliziano is the only historical work in the vast production of the famous humanist. He was an eye-witness of the tragic episode that took place in Florence in 1478 in which Giuliano de' Medici was killed and his brother Lorenzo il Magnifico wounded. This was one episode in a conflict between rival banking houses during what Fernand Braudel has defined as "the first crisis of capitalism". Behind the veil of a highly cultured form of appropriation of the classical tradition (Sallust's De Catilinae coniuratione), we can discern a ruthless realism which, in its spare style, anticipates the mood of early cinema. The Pactianae coniurationis commentarium clearly reveals the traces of a time that was neither happy nor brilliant, as in the illusory images of the Renaissance that have come down to us, but rather bubbled with bloodshed and also featured phenomena such as gambling which are typical of times of crisis. Following Alessandro Perosa's by now impossible to get hold of edition, Poliziano's work is presented here in a historic perspective updated with the most recent historical reconstructions, with a series of appendices and a thorough chronology that help to focus the meanings and bring to the fore the features of the period in their potential entirety.

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Leandro Perini

University of Florence, Italy

Leandro Perini is a professor of modern history in the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Florence. A pupil of Delio Cantimori and scholar of the history of European sixteenth-century culture (he translated Luther's Tischreden / Table Talk for Einaudi, 1969), he has devoted many essays to the history of the book and bookselling, also in its relations to the Renaissance and the Reformation, culminating in the biography of the sixteenth-century Basle printer Pietro Perna (Storia e Letteratura, 2002). Other figures addressed in his academic production include Amerigo Vespucci, Lorenzo il Magnifico (Bulzoni, 1997) and Tommaso Campanella. He has recently re-edited the Libro di ricordi by Bernardo Machiavelli (Storia e Letteratura, 2007). He is currently preparing a collection of studies on the Renaissance.
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Book Title

Coniurationis commentarium / Commentario della congiura dei Pazzi

Editors

Leandro Perini

Authors

Angelo Poliziano

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

102

Publication Year

2012

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© 2012 Author(s)

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CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IT

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Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-6655-119-5

ISBN Print

978-88-6655-117-1

eISBN (pdf)

978-88-6655-119-5

eISBN (xml)

978-88-9273-628-3

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Biblioteca di storia

Series Issn ISSN

2464-9007

Series E-Issn

2704-5986

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