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Book Review Of The “Commentaries” Of Pope Pius Ii (1458–1464) And The Crisis Of The Fifteenth-Century Papacy, Brian Jeffrey Maxson Aug 2018

Book Review Of The “Commentaries” Of Pope Pius Ii (1458–1464) And The Crisis Of The Fifteenth-Century Papacy, Brian Jeffrey Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

The “Commentaries” of Pope Pius II (1458–1464) and the Crisis of the Fifteenth-Century Papacy. Emily O’Brien. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. xiv + 336 pp. $65.


Book Review Of The Mapping Of Power In Renaissance Italy, Brian Jeffrey Maxson Aug 2018

Book Review Of The Mapping Of Power In Renaissance Italy, Brian Jeffrey Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

Review of The Mapping of Power in Renaissance Italy by Mark Rosen.


Book Review Of Merchant Writers: Florentine Memoirs From The Middle Ages And Renaissance, Brian Jeffrey Maxson Aug 2018

Book Review Of Merchant Writers: Florentine Memoirs From The Middle Ages And Renaissance, Brian Jeffrey Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

Review of Merchant Writers: Florentine Memoirs from the Middle Ages and Renaissance by Vittore Branca


Book Review Of A New Sense Of The Past: The Scholarship Of Biono Flavio, Brian Jeffrey Maxson Aug 2018

Book Review Of A New Sense Of The Past: The Scholarship Of Biono Flavio, Brian Jeffrey Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

Review of Mazzocco, Angelo, and Marc Laureys, eds. A New Sense of the Past: The Scholarship of Biondo Flavio (1392–1463). Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2016. pp. 288. ISBN: 9789462700482 (paperback).


Review Of Diplomacy In Renaissance Rome: The Rise Of The Resident Ambassador, By Catherine Fletcher., Brian Maxson Mar 2016

Review Of Diplomacy In Renaissance Rome: The Rise Of The Resident Ambassador, By Catherine Fletcher., Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

No abstract provided.


Renaissance Florence In The Late Medieval World, Brian Maxson Feb 2016

Renaissance Florence In The Late Medieval World, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

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Review Of The Duke’S Assassin: Exile And Death Of Lorenzino De’ Medici, By Stefano Dall'aglio, Trans. By Donald Weinstein., Brian J. Maxson Nov 2015

Review Of The Duke’S Assassin: Exile And Death Of Lorenzino De’ Medici, By Stefano Dall'aglio, Trans. By Donald Weinstein., Brian J. Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

New archival documentation that was previously unknown details a new understanding concerning the life and death of Lornezino de' Medici.


Factional Identity In Fifteenth-Century Florence, Brian Maxson Oct 2015

Factional Identity In Fifteenth-Century Florence, Brian Maxson

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The 'Schemes' Of Piero De' Pazzi And The Conflict With The Medici (1461–2), Oren J. Margolis, Brian Maxson Oct 2015

The 'Schemes' Of Piero De' Pazzi And The Conflict With The Medici (1461–2), Oren J. Margolis, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

This article opens up an important but overlooked chapter in the political and diplomatic history of Florence, as well as that of fifteenth-century Franco-Italian relations more broadly. In late 1461, the city of Florence elected ambassadors to go to France to congratulate King Louis XI on his accession to the throne. Intended as a purely ceremonial mission, the Florentine diplomat Piero de' Pazzi ignored his commission and pursued policies that explicitly promoted French interests in Italy. By doing so, Piero sought to improve the standing of his own family, both domestically and abroad, at the expense of the Medici regime ...


Review Of Machiavelli, By Robert Black., Brian J. Maxson Sep 2015

Review Of Machiavelli, By Robert Black., Brian J. Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

This work contains fifteen articles, written between 1985-2006, and looks at four major categories: Humanism, Machiavelli, Fifteenth Century Florence, and finally a section on Republicanism.


“The Private, The Public, And Giannozzo Manetti,”, Brian Maxson Feb 2015

“The Private, The Public, And Giannozzo Manetti,”, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

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Review Of The Cambridge Companion To The Italian Renaissance, Ed. By Michael Wyatt., Brian Maxson Jan 2015

Review Of The Cambridge Companion To The Italian Renaissance, Ed. By Michael Wyatt., Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

The reviewed book's organization around themes reflects the domination of cultural history in the field of Renaissance Studies today.


After Civic Humanism: Learning And Politics In Renaissance Italy, 1300-1600 Dec 2014

After Civic Humanism: Learning And Politics In Renaissance Italy, 1300-1600

Brian J. Maxson

The thirteen essays in this volume demonstrate the multiplicity of connections between learning and politics in Renaissance Italy. Some engage explicitly with Hans Baron's "civic humanism" thesis illustrating its continuing viability, but also stretching its application to prove the limitations of its original expression. Others move beyond Baron's thesis to examine the actual practice of various individuals and groups engaged in both political and learned activities in a variety of diverse settings. The collective impression of all the contributions is that of a complex, ever-shifting mosaic of learned enterprises in which the well-examined civic paradigm emerges as just ...


Review Of The Italian Renaissance And Cultural History Of The Rinascimento, Brian Maxson Dec 2014

Review Of The Italian Renaissance And Cultural History Of The Rinascimento, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

This book reviewed rejects recent scholarship that has minimized the significance of the Italian Renaissance. Instead, it argues that the cities of Florence, Venice, and Milan enjoyed a distinct period of precocity over the rest of Europe between roughly 130--1500.


Review Of The Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, 1400-1700: Objects, Spaces, Domesticaries, Brian Maxson Dec 2014

Review Of The Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, 1400-1700: Objects, Spaces, Domesticaries, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

This reviewed book offers a fascinating series of inquiries into the objects, architecture, and spaces in home interiors in early modern Italy, particularly in Florence, Venice, and Bologna.


Review Of Neo-Latin And The Humanities: Essays In Honour Of Charles E. Fantazzi, Ed. By Luc Deitz, Timothy Kircher, And Jonathan Reid., Brian Maxson Dec 2014

Review Of Neo-Latin And The Humanities: Essays In Honour Of Charles E. Fantazzi, Ed. By Luc Deitz, Timothy Kircher, And Jonathan Reid., Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

This is a collection of essays that works to illustrate the cultural force of Neo-Latin and the humanists who wrote them.


Review Of Living Well In Renaissance Italy: The Virtues Of Humanism And The Irony Of Leon Battista Alberti, By Timothy Kircher., Brian Maxson Dec 2014

Review Of Living Well In Renaissance Italy: The Virtues Of Humanism And The Irony Of Leon Battista Alberti, By Timothy Kircher., Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

Leon Battista Alberti wrote with a sense of irony that separated his works from his humanist contemporaries and linked him to the tradition of fourteenth-century vernacular writers, particularly Petrarch and Boccaccio. His irony was characterized by his encouragement to look for virtue beneath appearances and his distrust of equating virtue with humanist learning.


Review Of Notable Men And Women Of Our Time, Brian Maxson Oct 2014

Review Of Notable Men And Women Of Our Time, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

Paolo Giovio wrote his text in the aftermath of the sack of Rome by imperial troops in 1527, although the work remained unfinished at the time of the author's death some twenty-five years.


Review Of Reviving The Eternal City: Rome And The Papal Court, 1420-1447 By Elizabeth Mccahill, Brian Maxson Oct 2014

Review Of Reviving The Eternal City: Rome And The Papal Court, 1420-1447 By Elizabeth Mccahill, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

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Review Of Entering A Clerical Career At The Roman Curia, 1458–1471 By Kirsi Salonen And Jusi Hanska, Brian Maxson Sep 2014

Review Of Entering A Clerical Career At The Roman Curia, 1458–1471 By Kirsi Salonen And Jusi Hanska, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

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Review Of The Renaissance Of Empire In Early Modern Europe, Brian Maxson Sep 2014

Review Of The Renaissance Of Empire In Early Modern Europe, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

This work offers a panoramic sweep of the use of Roman Imperial Iconographies and literary traditions from the 14th through 17th centuries.


Review Of Healthy Living In Late Renaissance Italy, Brian Maxson Jun 2014

Review Of Healthy Living In Late Renaissance Italy, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

This work offers an interdisciplinary study of preventative health in 16th and 17th century Italy. Previous studies on the practice and prescription of early modern preventative health are few, and scholars have tended to assume that medical understanding of the body's humors remained relatively static during this period.


The Certame Coronario, Ritual, And Diplomacy In Fifteenth-Century Florence, Brian Maxson May 2014

The Certame Coronario, Ritual, And Diplomacy In Fifteenth-Century Florence, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

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Review Of Isabella D’Este And Francesco Gonzaga: Power Sharing At The Italian Renaissance Court, Brian Maxson Mar 2014

Review Of Isabella D’Este And Francesco Gonzaga: Power Sharing At The Italian Renaissance Court, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

The book reviewed depicts husband and wife, Francesco Gonzaga and Isabella d'Este, who worked together to direct the domestic and diplomatic affairs of Mantua far more than the scholarship on Isabella has usually assumed.


Review Of Humanism In Fifteenth-Century Europe., Brian Maxson Dec 2013

Review Of Humanism In Fifteenth-Century Europe., Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

This important book seeks to dispel the myth that humanism and humanists were unique to the Italian Peninsula during the Fifteenth Century.


The Humanist World Of Renaissance Florence, Brian J. Maxson Nov 2013

The Humanist World Of Renaissance Florence, Brian J. Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

This book offers a major contribution for understanding the spread and appeal of the humanist movement in Renaissance Florence. Investigating the connections between the individuals who were part of the humanist movement, Brian Jeffrey Maxson reconstructs the networks that bound them together. Overturning the problematic categorization of humanists as either professional or amateurs, a distinction based on economics and the production of original works in Latin, he offers a new way of understanding how the humanist movement could incorporate so many who were illiterate in Latin, but who nonetheless were responsible for an important intellectual and cultural paradigm shift. The ...


Review Of Niccolò Machiavelli: An Intellectual Biography, Brian Maxson Sep 2013

Review Of Niccolò Machiavelli: An Intellectual Biography, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

The author offers a comprehensive analysis of the thought of Machiavelli situated against the backdrop of political and biographical developments in the early 16th century.


Review Of Cultures Of Charity: Women, Politics, And The Reform Of Poor Relief In Renaissance Italy, Brian Maxson Jul 2013

Review Of Cultures Of Charity: Women, Politics, And The Reform Of Poor Relief In Renaissance Italy, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

The author uses a thematic approach to argue that Bologna was a trensetter in approaches and institutions aimed at helping the poor between roughly 1450-1700.


Review Of Contesting The Renaissance By William Caferro, Brian Maxson Jun 2013

Review Of Contesting The Renaissance By William Caferro, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

No abstract provided.


Review Of The Young Leonardo: Art And Life In Fifteenth-Century Florence By Larry J. Feinberg, Brian Maxson Jun 2013

Review Of The Young Leonardo: Art And Life In Fifteenth-Century Florence By Larry J. Feinberg, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

No abstract provided.