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Writing History in Renaissance Italy

Leonardo Bruni and the Uses of the Past

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$61.50 • £49.95 • €55.50

ISBN 9780674061521

Publication Date: 01/01/2012


Long in the making, this book will likely remain among the definitive studies of its protagonist and a must read for students of Renaissance intellectual history.—A. Rabil, Jr., Choice

Ianziti’s outstanding study actually shows what Bruni was doing: text by text and period by period he demonstrates that Bruni took his historical period, analyzed things concretely, and then manipulated the evidence for political purposes, or to suit his personal goals.—Arthur Field, Indiana University

Ianziti’s book is the first devoted to all of Leonardo Bruni’s historical writings—not only the most celebrated Florentine Histories, but ancient and modern biographies as well as essays on ancient history. The result is an admirable book in intellectual history that will be indispensable for Renaissance scholarship.—Riccardo Fubini, University of Florence

This book is a significant contribution to the history of Renaissance historiography. Bruni is recognized as the greatest historian of the early Renaissance, yet this is the first study in any language that surveys all of Leonardo Bruni’s numerous historical and biographical writings in the context of the times and Bruni’s own intellectual development. A major achievement.—James Hankins, Harvard University

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