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Princely Virtues in De felici progressu of Michele Savonarola, Court Physician of the House of Este

Zuccolin, Gabriella (2007). Princely Virtues in De felici progressu of Michele Savonarola, Court Physician of the House of Este. In: Bejczy, István P. and Nederman, Cary J. eds. Princely Virtues in the Middle Ages. Disputatio (9). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, pp. 237–258.

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This article will concentrate on De felici progressu, Savonarola’s major political work. De felici progressu is a Latin treatise written between 1454 and 1461 and extant in only one known manuscript (Modena, Biblioteca Nazionale Estense, á. W. 2.15). Like many of Savonarola’s writings, the text remains unedited. The work has also come down in a vernacular version — it is in fact uncertain which version was written first — that has been edited by Maria Aurelia Mastronardi on the basis of the only known manuscript (Ravenna, Biblioteca Classense Cl. n. 302).5 ... ... De felici progressu develops the typical themes of the prince’s journey toward knowledge and education (and thus to virtue) and the pedagogy of good government. In the treatise, the prince can find a set of virtues and vices, a representation of himself and his court with which to confront himself, and a moral and political ideal to which he is invited to adapt himself. Several literary forms and genres are moulded together in this structurally articulated piece of work: the speculum principis, the laudatio urbis, the confrontation of the arts, the regimen sanitatis, and the historical chronicle.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2007 Brepols
ISBN: 2-503-53756-1, 978-2-503-53756-6
ISSN: 1096-746X
Extra Information: Paper presented at the conference on Princely Virtues in the Middle Ages, 1200 - 1500 held at Nijmegen, The Netherlands, on 8 and 9 October 2004
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 34310
Depositing User: Gabriella Zuccolin
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 08:42
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 05:14
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