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Florence 1438: The Encomium of the Florentina Libertas Sent by Poggio Bracciolini to Duke Filippo Maria Visconti

  • Ann Mullaney
  • Massimo Zaggia

This article presents the critical editions of two texts: a letter by the Duke of Milan Filippo Maria Visconti (but written on his behalf by Pier Candido Decembrio) sent to Poggio Bracciolini on 28 July 1438; and the response written by Poggio on 15 September. Poggio’s letter contains a brief treatise in praise of Florence and of the Florentina libertas. The documents illuminate a crucial episode in the history of Italian Humanism. The article opens with the discussion of these two letters in their wider historical and intellectual context: on the one hand, the characteristically Florentine «civic humanism» which constitutes the background of Poggio’s positions; on the other, the political and cultural competition between Florence and Milan during the first half of the 15th century.

  • Keywords:
  • Poggio Bracciolini,
  • letters,
  • Pier Candido Decembrio,
  • Encomium of Florence,
  • civic humanism,
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Massimo Zaggia

University of Bergamo, Italy

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Chapter Title

Florence 1438: The Encomium of the Florentina Libertas Sent by Poggio Bracciolini to Duke Filippo Maria Visconti

Authors

Ann Mullaney, Massimo Zaggia

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English

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10.36253/978-88-6453-968-3.04

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2020

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Poggio Bracciolini and the Re(dis)covery of Antiquity: Textual and Material Traditions

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Proceedings of the Symposium Held at Bryn Mawr College on April 8-9, 2016

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Roberta Ricci

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2020

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