The Death of the Child Valerio Marcello

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Margaret King shows what the death of a little boy named Valerio Marcello over five hundred years ago can tell us about his time.

This child, scion of a family of power and privilege at Venice's time of greatness, left his father in a state of despair so profound and so public that it occasioned an outpouring of consoling letters, orations, treatises, and poems. In these documents, we find a firsthand account, richly colored by humanist conventions and expectations, of the life...

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Margaret King shows what the death of a little boy named Valerio Marcello over five hundred years ago can tell us about his time.

This child, scion of a family of power and privilege at Venice's time of greatness, left his father in a state of despair so profound and so public that it occasioned an outpouring of consoling letters, orations, treatises, and poems. In these documents, we find a firsthand account, richly colored by humanist conventions and expectations, of the life of the fifteenth-century boy, the passionate devotion of his father, the feelings of his brothers and sisters, the striking absence of his mother. The father's story is here as well: the career of a Venetian nobleman and scholar, patron and soldier, a participant in Venice's struggle for dominion in the north of Italy.

Through these sources also King traces the cultural trends that made Marcello's century famous. Her work enlarges our view of the literature of consolation, which had a distinctive tradition in Venice, and shifting attitudes toward death from the late Middle Ages onward.

For the depth and acuity of its insights into political, cultural, and private life in fifteenth-century Venice, this book will be essential reading for students of the Renaissance. For the grace and drama of its storytelling, it will be savored by anyone who wishes to look into life and death in a palace, and a city, long ago.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780226436203
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Abbreviations
Prologue
1. The Death of  a Child
2. The Birth of a Book
3. Marcello in Word and Image
4. Marcello in War and Peace
5. Father and Son
6. In Sympathy
Appendix 1 - Marcello Family and Monuments
I. The Marcello Family
II. Birth and Death of Jacopo Antonio and Valerio Marcello
III. Buildings and Monuments
IV. Excerpts
Appendix 2 - Chronology

 

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    Posted November 3, 2013

    Shadow

    What happened

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    Posted October 21, 2013

    Bearowner20 (a.k.a. heatpaw in warrior cats)

    Yo Death, I last saw you at Minecraft: a begginer's guide. You are 19. In posts, and titled "Revenge lyrics bys death the kid". (That goo enoug for ya?)

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    Posted September 22, 2013

    Taylor

    Walked in stretching. "Hey guys." He said.

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    Posted September 21, 2013

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    Posted November 8, 2013

    Steel

    Teleports out to Magmortar result 2!

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    Maka

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    Soul

    "Okay."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Maka

    She closed her book and Maka chopped him.

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    Posted October 23, 2013

    Death the kid

    I dont know who you are talking about

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    Posted October 13, 2013

    Angel

    *laying in a tree asleep because she d left her key in her's and soul's house*

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    Posted September 21, 2013

    Patty

    "I'm gonna change my name to Gem."

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