History

The History of Italy

    Edited and translated by
  • Sidney Alexander

Paperback

Price:
$48.00 / £38.00
ISBN:
Published:
Jun 21, 1984
1984
Pages:
488
Size:
6 x 9.25 in.
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In 1537 Francesco Guicciardini, adviser and confidant to three popes, governor of several central Italian states, ambassador, administrator, military captain — and persona non grata with the ruling Medici after the siege of Florence — retired to his villa to write a history of his times. His Storia d’Italia became the classic history of Italy — both a brilliant portrayal of the Renaissance and a penetrating vision into the tragedy and comedy of human history in general. Sidney Alexander’s readable translation and abridgment of Guicciardini’s four-volume work earned the prestigious 1970 P.E.N. Club translation award. His perceptive introduction and notes add much to the understanding of Guicciardini’s masterpiece.