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The Politics of Culture in Quattrocento Europe: René of Anjou in Italy

Oren Margolis


This book explores how René of Anjou, French prince and exiled king of Naples (1409–80) engaged his Italian network in a programme of cultural politics conducted with an eye towards a return to power in Italy. Built on a series of original interpretations of humanistic and artistic material (chiefly neo-Latin literature and illuminated manuscripts of classical texts), the book is also a case study for a ‘diplomatic approach’ to culture. It recasts this source base as a form of high-level communication for a hyper-literate elite of those who could read the works created by humanist and artistic ... More

Keywords: René of Anjou, Italian Renaissance, humanism, diplomacy, illuminated manuscripts, neo-Latin literature, kingdom of Naples, networks, art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198769323
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769323.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oren Margolis, author
Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern History, Somerville College, Oxford