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Patterns of Patronage in Renaissance Rome

Francesco Sperulo: Poet, Prelate, Soldier, Spy - Volume I

Lang, Peter Bern,
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This book is Volume I of the first full-length study of the life and works of Francesco Sperulo of Camerino (1463–1531). It reconstructs the poet’s life and circle of contacts by placing his works in chronological order and setting them within the political and social circumstances of their composition.

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Titel: Patterns of Patronage in Renaissance Rome
Autoren/Herausgeber: Paul Gwynne
Aus der Reihe: Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Ausgabe: 1. Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9783034317740

Seitenzahl: 451
Format: 22,5 x 15 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 670 g
Sprache: Englisch

Paul Gwynne obtained his doctorate from the Warburg Institute, University of London. For the past twenty years he has lived and worked in Rome, where he is Associate Professor of Classics and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at the American University in Rome.

This book is also available as a set, together with Volume II. Please visit www.peterlang.com/?431876. Patterns of Patronage in Renaissance Rome is the first full-length study of the life and works of Francesco Sperulo of Camerino (1463–1531). In a remarkable career during which the poet progressed from serving as a soldier of fortune in the service of Cesare Borgia to an Italian bishopric, Sperulo produced a significant body of Latin poetry, here presented in a critical edition for the first time. An impressive array of contemporary figures including Leonardo da Vinci, Isabella d’Este, Raphael and Baldassare Castiglione appear in his verse. By placing his work within the larger historical, literary, political and social context, this study, published in two volumes, sheds light on the role played by neo-Latin poetry at the papal court and documents the impact of classical culture in Rome during the period usually referred to as «the High Renaissance». Volume I reconstructs Sperulo’s life and circle of contacts by placing the poet’s works in chronological order and setting them within the political and social circumstances of their composition. Archival documents scattered across Italy, penitentiary records from the Vatican Archives and a voluminous correspondence with the Duke of Urbino and members of the Varano family of Camerino show that Sperulo was intimately involved in papal politics and intrigue; indeed, he was almost assassinated for his involvement. A selection of this correspondence is included here to supplement the poet’s biography.

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