The History of Italy
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History of Italy by Francesco Guicciardini
Book DescriptionIn 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691008004
(235mm x 155mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1984
Country of Publication: United States
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Links the major works of Niccolo Machiavelli and Francesco Guicciardini on the nature of government.
Guicciardini: Dialogue on the Government of Florence, Paperback (June 1994)
First English translation of an influential justification of the priority of state interest.
Francesco Guicciardini: Selected Writings, Hardback (January 1965)» View all books by Francesco Guicciardini
A scholarly edition of works by Francesco Guicciardini. The edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.
US Kirkus Review » Francesco Guicciardini's sixteenth-century History of Italy is one of the most widely respected classics of Renaissance historiography. And it is one of the most universally neglected. This splendid new translation should go far toward correcting the latter situation. The chronological span of the book is not great, covering barely three decades (14931523). But it is a period that was not matched before, nor has it been equalled since, as the telescoping of an age; the age of Charles V, of the glory of the Medici, the ascendancy of the Borgias, Savonarola, Henry VIII, Julius II and Francis I. Guicciardini's style of narration was complex - Proustian, almost - and reflected the political and motivational complexities of his time. The translator, wisely, has not attempted to "simplify" his style for a less patient, or perhaps for a less literate, age, but has contented himself with abstracting those parts of the author's work which have no possible interest for any but the most devoted historian (e.g., the texts of treaties, etc.). He has thus faithfully conveyed the substance and the spirit of the book while eliminating the detritus of history. There will be some call for this hardcover edition, but the real market will be for a paperback version suitable for students. (Kirkus Reviews)
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