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By Paolo Giovio

Written within the aftermath of the catastrophic sack of Rome in 1527, the historian Paolo Giovio’s discussion offers an educated standpoint at the occasion from an intimate pal of Pope Clement VII. The paintings can be amazing for its discussions of literary sort and the much-debated query even if the vernacular may possibly rival or surpass Latin as a motor vehicle for literary expression. It discusses authors whom Giovio knew in my opinion, reminiscent of Ariosto, Castiglione, Machiavelli, Sannazaro, and Vittoria Colonna. The dialogues additionally include an in depth survey of Italian noblewomen, laying off new gentle on their careers and cultural achievements. This quantity encompasses a clean version of the Latin textual content and the 1st translation of the paintings into English.

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