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Boccaccio

(1313—1375) Italian writer, poet, and humanist

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Accolti family

Accolti family  

The Arezzo family of the Accolti produced jurists, churchmen, and writers for centuries. The family had already produced several distinguished jurists when Benedetto Accolti ‘il Vecchio’ (1415–66) ...
Adriano De' Rossi

Adriano De' Rossi  

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(mid-14th c.).Florentine friend and colleague of Antonio Pucci. He wrote a set of glosses on Boccaccio's Teseida.[Steven Botterill]
Albrecht von Eyb

Albrecht von Eyb  

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(1420–75) German humanist, Eichstätt canon; translated from Italian and Latin (especially Plautus) into German.Composed marriage treatise, Ehebüchlein, and several Latin treatises.ACE. Bernstein, ...
Aldo Busi

Aldo Busi  

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(1948– )is one of Italy's most prominent and prolific contemporary writers. He has also established himself as a media celebrity, famous for his outrageous charm, and as an acute critic ...
Alfonso Martínez de Toledo

Alfonso Martínez de Toledo  

(1398?–1468)Author of the eponymous Arcipreste de Talavera (1438), a treatise in condemnation of lust, also known as Reprobaçión del amor mundano or the Corbacho, due to the mistaken belief ...
All's Well that Ends Well

All's Well that Ends Well  

A comedy by Shakespeare, first printed in the First Folio of 1623. Its close affinity to Measure for Measure suggests that it was written 1604–5. Both plays are generally classified as ...
Alonso de Cartagena

Alonso de Cartagena  

(1385/6–1456) Son of Pablo de Santa María, chief rabbi then bishop of Burgos following his conversion in 1390.Following an illustrious diplomatic career, Alonso inherited the bishopric on Pablo’s ...
Ameto

Ameto  

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(1341–2).Prose narrative by Boccaccio, interspersed with poems in terza rima, after the example of Boethius and Dante's Vita nova. It tells how Ameto is transformed from rough shepherd to ...
Andrea del Castagno

Andrea del Castagno  

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(b Castagno, nr. Florence, c.1418; bur. Florence, 19 Aug. 1457).One of the most powerful Florentine painters in the generation after Masaccio. Nothing is known of his training, and the ...
Andreas Capellanus

Andreas Capellanus  

(fl. 1180s),is usually believed to have been a chaplain to Marie de Champagne. His book De Arte Honeste Amandi (also entitled De Amore) is a handbook of procedure in love in three sections: Book I, ...
Anelida and Arcite

Anelida and Arcite  

An incomplete poem by Chaucer in 357 lines. The simple story tells of the faithlessness of Arcite to Queen Anelida in 210 lines of rhyme‐royal, as a preface to the elaborate Compleynt of Anelida in ...
Anjou

Anjou  

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French dynasty implanted in Italy by Charles I (1227–85), youngest son of Louis VIII. Supporting papal claims against the Hohenstaufen [see frederick ii], Charles defeated Manfredi at Benevento ...
anthology

anthology  

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A published collection of poems or other pieces of writing; a similar collection of songs or musical compositions issued in one album. The word comes, in the mid 17th century, via French or medieval ...
antiquarianism

antiquarianism  

[Th]An intellectual tradition of enquiry that developed in Europe in the 16th and early 17th centuries ad as a result of new interests in nature, antiquity, the Renaissance of learning, and the ...
Apuleius

Apuleius  

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(born c.123 ad),Roman writer, born in Africa. His writings are characterized by an exuberant and bizarre use of language and he is best known for the Metamorphoses (The Golden Ass), a picaresque ...
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autobiography  

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In its modern form, may be taken as writing that purposefully and self‐consciously provides an account of the author's life and incorporates feeling and introspection as well as empirical detail. In ...
Baldassare Castiglione

Baldassare Castiglione  

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(1478–1529)Italian courtier, diplomat, humanist, and author in a variety of genres. His best‐known work is Il libro del cortegiano (1528), translated into English as The Courtyer (1561) by Sir ...
Barbato da Sulmona

Barbato da Sulmona  

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(c. 1300–63).Early humanist and chancellor to Robert of Anjou in Naples. He was a friend of Petrarch, who dedicated his collection of Latin verse letters to him, and also of Boccaccio. Some of his ...
Bardi

Bardi  

A family of Florentine merchant bankers who in the late thirteenth century established branches in Italian city-states, England, Flanders, and France. In the early fourteenth century they were the ...
Beatrice

Beatrice  

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1 see Dante;2 heroine of Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing.

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