By Brendan Dooley
Inside a badly broken replica of Straparola's 16th-century paintings, Piacevoli Notti, bought in a Florentine vintage store in 2010, an inscription is located, attributing possession to a undeniable Angelica Baldachini. the invention units in movement a chain of inquiries, deploying wisdom approximately calligraphy, orthography, linguistics, dialectology and the socio-psychology of writing, to bare the individual at the back of the identify. Focusing as a lot at the attainable proprietor as upon the article owned, Angelica's ebook examines the genesis of the Piacevoli Notti and its many variants, together with the only in query. The intertwined tales of the booklet and its proprietor are set opposed to the backdrop of a Renaissance international, nonetheless imperfectly understood, during which literature and studying have been topic to regimes of keep watch over; and the hot details throws features of this global into additional reduction, particularly in regard to women's involvement with examining, books and data. The inquiry yields unforeseen insights in regards to the good judgment of unintentional discovery, the character of facts, and the challenge of the arts in a time of world crisis.
Angelica's e-book and the realm of examining in past due Renaissance Italy is a thought-provoking learn for any pupil of early smooth Europe and its culture.
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Angelica's Book and the World of Reading in Late Renaissance Italy (Cultures of Early Modern Europe) by Brendan Dooley