RENAISSANCE LIVES: 15TH C FLORENCE
This Seminar will focus on the lives of central figures of Renaissance Florence –Cosimo de’ Medici, banker and founder of the family dynasty; his son Piero and grandson Lorenzo; the humanist intellectual Poggio Bracciolini; Alessandra Strozzi, the widow of political exile; the firebrand preacher Girolamo Savonarola; and the political genius of the Republic, Niccolò Machiavelli. Themes to be discussed include the intersection of politics, religion and social issues as represented by these seminal figures. Writing assignments include weekly response papers, and three short essays (4-5 pages) drawing mainly on the assigned readings.
Stephen Greenblatt The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Timothy Parks, Medici Money: Banking Metaphysics & Art in 15th C. Florence
Mark Phillips, Memoir of Marco Parenti: a Life in Renaissance Florence
Lauro Martines, April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici
Lauro Martines, Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Ren Florence
Maurizio Viroli, Niccolò’s Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli