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Conspiracy Literature in Early Renaissance Italy: Historiography and Princely Ideology

Marta Celati


The present work represents the first full-length investigation of Italian Renaissance literature on the topic of conspiracy. This literary output consists of texts belonging to different genres that enjoyed widespread diffusion in the second half of the fifteenth century, when the development of these literary writings proves to be closely connected with the affirmation of a centralized political thought and princely ideology in Italian states. The centrality of the issue of conspiracies in the political and cultural context of the Italian Renaissance emerges clearly also in the sixteenth cen ... More

Keywords: conspiracy literature, Italian humanism, Classical Tradition, Princely Statecraft, Historiographical Techniques, Niccolò Machiavelli, Leon Battista Alberti, Angelo Poliziano, Giovanni Pontano, Orazio Romano

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198863625
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198863625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marta Celati, author
Leverhulme Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick