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The Art and Language of Power in Renaissance Florence: Essays for Alison Brown [Edited Book]

Bloch, Amy R.; James, Carolyn and Russell, Camilla (2019) The Art and Language of Power in Renaissance Florence: Essays for Alison Brown [Edited Book]. Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto. 452pp. ISBN 9780772756619

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Abstract

This volume celebrates the scholarship of Alison Brown, emeritus professor in the department of history at Royal Holloway, University of London. A pre-eminent historian of the Renaissance, Professor Brown has, over a long and ongoing career, produced a stream of books and essays on the intellectual, cultural, and political history of Renaissance Florence and Italy. Her innovative and wide-ranging studies have made her the most authoritative interpreter of Florence’s evolution from fifteenth-century republic to sixteenth-century principate. At the centre of her re-evaluation of this complex and dramatic story are her many studies of the Medici and their own evolution over several generations from citizen bankers to skillful patrons, manipulators of factional networks, “masters of the shop,” and quasi-princes. Her research has brought new perspectives not only to politics and the nature of the Florentine state, but also to the period’s intellectual and religious history--in particular the impact of the rediscovery of Lucretius--and the great ferment of political thought from the humanists to Savonarola, Machiavelli, and Guicciardini. Professor Brown’s vibrant and original inquiries, grounded both in Florence’s archival treasures and in the rich intellectual and artistic traditions of Renaissance Italy, deftly interweave politics, culture, and ideas to yield novel and eye-opening interpretations. The essays in this book by Professor Brown’s friends and colleagues find inspiration in the themes she has explored and in her dedication to the highest aims and most exacting standards of historical research. The contributions focus on a wide variety of topics, including politics and political thought, family life, art, philosophy, law, and humanism. In providing a portrait of Renaissance studies today as a dynamic field influenced in myriad ways by Professor Brown’s insights and methods, the volume is a tribute to the far-reaching influence of her scholarship.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Renaissance, Florence, essays, Alison Brown
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: JCS: Jesuit College of Spirituality
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 05:53
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 05:53
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3767

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