The Vespasiano Memoirs: Live of Illustrious Men of the XVth Century / Edition 8

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Vespasiano da Bisticci (b. 1421) was a Florentine bookseller known as the most celebrated dealer of books and manuscripts of his generation. The renewed interest in Greek and Roman texts brought about by the rise of humanism inspired many wealthy individuals to seek codices of the best ancient and early Christian works. Vespasiano's bookshop became a meeting place for learned men, and he acquired patrons as illustrious as Cosimo de'Medici, Federigo da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino, Mathias Corvinus, the King of Hungary, and John Tiptoft, Earl of Worchester. The invention of the printing press proved to be too much competition for da Bisticci, and he retired to write his memoirs and biographical sketches of his friends and patrons.

Vespasiano da Bisticci's memoirs are a valuable resource in the history of politics, warfare and intellectual history, written from the perspective of an intelligent man who was able to watch and comment on the events of his age from a privileged position.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802079688
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: RSART: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series, #7
  • Edition description: REP
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Torchbook Edition
Translators' Introduction 1
I A Discourse by the Author 13
II Popes and Rulers
Pope Eugenius IV (1383-1447) 17
Pope Nicolas V (1398-1455) 31
Alfonso, King of Naples (1401-1458) 59
Federigo, Duke of Urbino (1422-1482) 83
Alessandro Sforza, Lord of Pesaro (1404-1466) 114
Gostanzo Sforza 117
III Cardinals
Cardinal Branda (1341-1433) 119
Cardinal Antonio de' Coreri 121
Nicolao degli Albergati, Cardinal of Santa Croce (1395-1443) 123
Giuliano Cesarini, Cardinal of S. Agnolo (1398-1444) 125
Domenico Capranica, Cardinal of Fermo (1400-1458) 133
Cardinal Niceno - a Greek (d. 1472) 137
The Cardinal of Ravenna (d. 1461) 141
Cardinal Jacopo of Portugal (1413-1439) 143
The Cardinal of Girona 146
The Cardinal of Rieti 153
The Cardinal of Spoleto 154
The Cardinal of S. Marcello 154
The Cardinal of S. Sisto - a Catalan 155
The Cardinal de Mella - a Spaniard 155
The Cardinal di Mendoza - a Spaniard 155
Cardinal Cusano - a German (1401-1464) 156
IV Archbishops and Bishops
Archbishop Antonio, Florentine (1309-1459) 157
Santo Bernardino da Massa (1380-1444) 163
Orlando Bonarli, Archbishop of Florence 168
The Bishop of Ferrara 169
The Bishop of Verona (1410-1471) 170
The Bishop of Padua (Donati) (1380-1447) 171
The Bishop of Padua (Zeno) 172
The Bishop of Brescia 173
The Bishop of Brescia 174
Patriarch of Jerusalem 174
The Bishop of Raugia (1437-1510) 175
The Bishop of Fiesole 176
The Bishop of Corone 177
The Bishop of Capaccio 178
The Bishop of Imola 178
The Bishop of Volterra (Cavalcanti) (d. 1449) 179
The Bishop of Volterra (degli Agli) 179
The Bishop of Massa (Dati) (d. 1471) 180
The Bishop of Sipontino (Perotto) (d. 1430) 181
The Bishop of Ely (Gray) (1408-1478) 184
The Bishop of Vico 186
The Archbishop of Strigonia 188
The Bishop of Funfkirchen 192
The Bishop of Cologna - a Hungarian 197
The Bishop of Miletus 201
Alfonso di Portogallo - Bishop 202
Gregorio, Protonotaio Apostolico 204
The English Protonotary Apostolic 206
Friar Ambrogio 208
V Statesmen
Cosimo de' Medici (1389-1464) 213
Palla di Noferi degli Strozzi (1372-1462) 235
Matteo Strozzi 245
Agnolo Pandolfini (1360-1446) 246
Pandolfo Pandolfini 257
Piero di Neri Acciaiuoli 269
Donato Acciaiuoli (1428-1478) 276
Agnolo Acciaiuoli 293
Agnolo Manetti 305
Piero de' Pazzi 310
Lorenzo Ridolfi 316
Ser Filippo di Ser Ugolino (d. 1454) 319
Bernardo Giugni 326
Count Camarlingo (d. 1481) 330
Michele Feriero 332
Matteo Malferito 333
Francesco del Bennino 334
Duca di Worcestri (John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester) (1427-1470) 335
Alvaro di Luna (d. 1453) 338
Antonio Cincinello 340
VI Writers
Poggio Fiorentino (Bracciolini) (1380-1454) 351
Works Written by Messer Poggio 357
Lionardo d' Arezzo (Lionardo Bruno) (d. 1443) 358
Carlo d' Arezzo (Marsuppini) (d. 1455) 369
Benedetto D. Arezzo (1415-1466) 370
Giannozzo Manetti (1396-1459) 372
Nicolao Nicoli (d. 1437) 395
Franco Sacchetti 403
Giorgio di Trabisonda (1396-1468) 406
Francesco Filelfo (1398-1481) 408
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