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- DescriptionThe poet-king without a throne appears here in an entirely new light. In The Politics of Culture in Quattrocento Europe: Rene of Anjou in Italy, Oren Margolis explores how this French prince and exiled king of Naples (1409-1480) engaged his Italian network in a programme of cultural politics conducted with an eye towards a return to power in the peninsula. Built on a series of original interpretations of humanistic and artistic material (chiefly Latin orations and illuminated manuscripts of classical texts), this is also a case study for a 'diplomatic approach' to culture. It recasts its source base as a form of high-level communication for a hyper-literate elite of those who could read the works created by humanist and artistic agents for their constituent parts: the potent words or phrases and relevant classical allusions; the channels through which a given work was commissioned or transmitted; and then the nature of the network gathered around a political agenda. This is a volume for all those interested in the politics and culture of later medieval Europe and Renaissance Italy: the kings of France and dukes of Burgundy, the Medici, the Sforza, the Venetians, and their armies, ambassadors, and adversaries all appear here; so do Giovanni Bellini, Andrea Mantegna, Guari of Verona, and their respective intellectual and artistic circles. Emerging from it is a challenge to conventional interpretations of the politics of humanism, and a new vision of the Quattrocento: a century in which the Italian Renaissance began its takeover of Europe, but in which Renaissance culture was itself shaped by its European political, social, and diplomatic context.
- Author BiographyOren Margolis is Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern History at Somerville College, Oxford. He is also a member of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, and a past award holder at the British School at Rome. He has published on topics including Renaissance humanism, Franco-Italian relations, and Jacob Burckhardt, with articles appearing in journals such as I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance, Journal of Medieval History, and Renaissance Studies. He is currently working on a cultural history of the Aldine Press. The Politics of Culture in Quattrocento Europe is his first monograph.
- Author(s)Oren Margolis
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication19/05/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleOxford Historical Monographs
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note7 black and white images
- Weight398 g
- Width145 mm
- Height227 mm
- Spine19 mm
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