By Brendan Dooley
Inside a badly broken replica of Straparola's 16th-century paintings, Piacevoli Notti, obtained in a Florentine old store in 2010, an inscription is located, attributing possession to a definite 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 variations, together with the single in query. The intertwined tales of the publication and its proprietor are set opposed to the backdrop of a Renaissance global, nonetheless imperfectly understood, during which literature and studying have been topic to regimes of keep an eye on; and the recent details throws elements of this global into additional reduction, particularly in regard to women's involvement with studying, books and data. The inquiry yields unforeseen insights in regards to the common sense of unintentional discovery, the character of proof, and the challenge of the arts in a time of worldwide crisis.
Angelica's e-book and the realm of studying in overdue Renaissance Italy is a thought-provoking learn for any student of early glossy 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