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In Living at the part in Leonardo's Florence, an across the world well known grasp of the historian's craft offers a just right assessment of Italian heritage from the Black demise to the increase of the Medici in 1434 and past into the early glossy interval. Gene Brucker explores these pivotal years in Florence and levels over northern Italy, with forays into the histories of Genoa, Milan, and Venice. the 10 essays, 3 of that have by no means earlier than been released, express Brucker's sleek intelligence, his command of the archival assets, and his skill to make heritage available to a person drawn to this position and interval. even if he's writing a few case within the felony documents, a few quotation from Machiavelli, or the concept that of modernity, the result's a similar: Brucker brings the heartbeat of the interval alive.

Five of those essays discover topics within the premodern interval and delve into Italy's political, social, fiscal, non secular, and cultural improvement. between those items is a lucid, synoptic view of the Italian Renaissance. The final 5 essays concentration extra narrowly on Florentine themes, together with a desirable examine the risks and anxieties that threatened Florence within the 15th century in the course of Leonardo's time and a mini-biography of Alessandra Strozzi, whose letters to her exiled sons comprise the facts for her eventful life.

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