This volume celebrates the many contributions of John M. Najemy to the study of Florentine and Italian Renaissance history. Over the last three decades Najemy’s many books and articles on Florentine politics and political thought have substantially revised the narratives and contours of these fields. They have also provided a framework into which he has woven many of the innovative new threads that have emerged in Renaissance social and cultural history. The essays here presented by some of Professor Najemy’s many students and friends aim both to highlight his varied interests and to suggest where they may point for future studies of Florence and, indeed, beyond Florence.
“This volume reflects the breadth of interests of the honouree, John M. Najemy. At the core of each essay is hard primary research and that is the strength of the volume in its entirety. From front to back the articles in this collection will prove useful to virtually everyone studying any aspect of Renaissance Italy.”
- Thomas Kuehn, Clemson University
“With essays from twenty-five different contributors, this collection throws its net widely and pulls in a rich variety of themes and problems. It sparkles with a number of superb papers on Italian Renaissance culture, politics, family history, and social structure, including questions of gender, literary strategies, and textual analysis.”
- Lauro Martines, Emeritus, UCLA
David S. Peterson is associate professor of history at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
Daniel E. Bornstein is professor of history and religious studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he holds the Stella K. Darrow Professorship in Catholic Studies.
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