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In 1537 Francesco Guicciardini, adviser and confidant to three popes, governor of several central Italian states, ambassador, administrator, military captain—and persona non grata with the ruling Medici after the siege of Florence—retired to his villa to write a history of his times. His Storia d'Italia became the classic history of Italy—both a brilliant portrayal of the Renaissance and a penetrating vision into the tragedy and comedy of human history in general. Sidney Alexander's readable translation and abridgment of Guicciardini's four-volume work earned the prestigious 1970 P.E.N. Club translation award. His perceptive introduction and notes add much to the understanding of Guicciardini's masterpiece.
This is a translation of the history of Italy by the 16th century diplomat, advisor to heads of state, and military leader Guicciardini.
Sidney Alexander won the PEN award for translation.
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