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Power and Imagination: City-States in Renaissance Italy (1979)

by Lauro Martines

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If you're looking for a narrative of the history of Renaissance Italy — the whole boot, not just Florence — well, here you go. This is probably as good as any you'll find, unless you learn to read Italian.
1 vote Muscogulus | Jul 29, 2012 |
An interesting subject, but a little too dry and academic for me. Worth keeping, though, in case I change my mind. ( )
  john257hopper | Nov 25, 2006 |
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Although buttressed by an impressively detailed history of urbanism and the transmutations of city-states from 1100 to 1600, the effort to reduce art to interest is too simple to be convincing, and the creative urgency promised in the idea of imagination gives way to the static concept of ideology-as-mystification. A good and valid synthesis, but it falls short of the more innovative claims by which Martines would like to be judged.
 
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Strong Words is a social history of the Italian Renaissance (1300-1560) in a cultural key. Using tales, poetry, prayer, and letters as prime sources, Lauro Martines probes religious sensibilities, love, alienation, explosive feeling against political auth… (more)

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