Living on the Edge in Leonardo's Florence: Selected Essays / Edition 1

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"These essays on Renaissance Florence are a tonic to read, as we watch one of the great historians of the period take hold of major questions with never less than a keen intelligence and a masterly imagination."—Lauro Martines, author of April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici (2003) and Strong Words: Writing and Social Strain in the Italian Renaissance (2001)

"These thoughtful essays illuminate the precarious quality of life during the Italian Renaissance. They remind us of the social and personal struggles that gave birth to the period's impressive achievements."—William J. Connell, Professor of History and La Motta Chair in Italian Studies, Seton Hall University, editor of Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence

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"Lively and provocative."--Int'l Journal of the Classical Tradition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520241343
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Brucker is Shepard Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Florence: The Golden Age, 1138-1737 (California, second edition, 1998), Giovanni and Lusanna California, 1986), and Renaissance Florence (California, second edition, 1983).
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Table of Contents

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1. The Italian Renaissance
2. Civic Traditions in Premodern Italy
3. From Campanilismo to Nationhood: Forging an Italian Identity
4. "The Horseshoe Nail": Structure and Contingency in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
5. Fede and Fiducia: The Problem of Trust in Italian History, 1300-1500
6. Florence Redux
7. Living on the Edge in Leonardo's Florence
8. Florentine Cathedral Chaplains in the Fifteenth Century
9. The Pope, the Pandolfini, and the Parrochiani of S. Martino a Gangalandi (1465)
10. Alessandra Strozzi (1408-1471): The Eventful Life of a Florentine Matron
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