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Humanism and Empire: The Imperial Ideal in Fourteenth-Century Italy

Alexander Lee


For more than a century, scholars have believed that Italian humanism was predominantly ‘civic’ in outlook. Often serving in communal government, fourteenth-century humanists like Albertino Mussato and Coluccio Salutati are said to have derived from their reading of the Latin classics a rhetoric of republican liberty that was opposed to the ‘tyranny’ of neighbouring signori and of the German emperors. In this groundbreaking study, Alexander Lee challenges this long-held belief. From the death of Frederick II in 1250 to the failure of Rupert of the Palatinate’s ill-fated expedition in 1402, Lee ... More

Keywords: humanism, Empire, Italy, liberty, republicanism, political thought

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199675159
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199675159.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Lee, author
Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick

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