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Conspiracy Literature in Early Renaissance Italy

Historiography and Princely Ideology

Marta Celati

Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

  • The first study of a substantial corpus of literary works on the topic of conspiracy in Early Renaissance Italy
  • Adopts an interdisciplinary approach to analyze case studies of key texts including Orazio Romano's Porcaria, Leon Battista Alberti's Porcaria coniuratio, Giovanni Pontano's De bello Neapolitano, and Angelo Poliziano's Coniurationis commentarium
  • Contextualises the case studies within the history, politics, and culture of Renaissance Italy, and offers a reconsideration and a new definition of the complex facets of fifteenth-century political literature
  • Offers a thorough exploration of the contribution of Italian Renaissance literature to the evolution of political thought from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and investigates the eclectic reuse of the classical legacy in this corpus of texts on conspiracies
  • Studies how humanist literature on plots represents a fundamental background for Machiavelli's work