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Florence in the Time of the Medici: Public Celebrations, Politics, and Literature in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

This collection presents eight articles by one of the most influential scholars of Florentine culture in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Originally published in French, their insights into the relationship between artistic creativity, social realities, and political intentions have had a profound effect on scholarship on Renaissance Italian literature, spectacle, and culture.

“Michel Plaisance was one of the first to make extensive use of unpublished chronicles in the Florentine library to study religious and secular public display. His articles will be of particular value to students and practicing researchers.” 
- Nerida Newbigin, University of Sydney

“Michel Plaisance has published some of the most innovative and influential scholarship in Italian studies of the past thirty-five years. His essays in English will have a tremendous impact on early modern studies across the disciplines.” 
- Karen-Edis Barzman, Binghamton University

Michel Plaisance is professor emeritus from the University of Paris iii – La Sorbonne Nouvelle, and is the founder of the Centre de recherche Culture et société en Italie aux xve, xvie, et xviie siècles. His recent publications include L’Académie et le Prince. Culture et politique à Florence au temps de Côme Ier et de François de Médicis (2004) and Antonfrancesco Grazzini dit Lasca (1505–1584). Écrire dans la Florence des Médicis (2005).

Nicole Carew-Reid received her doctorat in Italian literature from the University of Paris viii (Vincennes–Saint Denis) under the direction of Prof. Michel Plaisance. She is the author of Les fêtes florentines au temps de Lorenzo il Magnifico (1995) and is currently researching fifteenth-century Florentine women.

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, 2008

Essays and Studies 14


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