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March 7, 2024
Erin Maglaque is a Lecturer in History at the University of Sheffield and the author of Venice’s Intimate Empire. (September 2023)
Politics in the Classroom
December 7, 2023 issue
An Overabundance of Virtue
The scholar James Hankins has argued that the revival of ancient virtues was a central concern of Renaissance humanists. But can those virtues also be revived in modern America?
Political Meritocracy in Renaissance Italy: The Virtuous Republic of Francesco Patrizi of Siena
by James Hankins
September 21, 2023 issue
Robin Vose’s new history of the Index of Prohibited Books shows how Catholic censorship was, despite its totalizing ambitions, often incoherent and contradictory.
The Index of Prohibited Books: Four Centuries of Struggle Over Word and Image for the Greater Glory of God
by Robin Vose
June 8, 2023 issue
Magpie from the Met
“It’s so very important to remain alive to the unusual, and to strenuously resist any urge to explain strangeness away.”
October 1, 2022
Rome Was His Laboratory
By the time of his death in 1729, the astronomer, historian, and archaeologist Francesco Bianchini had been an aide to three popes and confidant to one Polish princess and an exiled king.
The Incomparable Monsignor: Francesco Bianchini’s World of Science, History, and Court Intrigue
by J.L. Heilbron
October 6, 2022 issue
‘Monstrous’ or ‘Prudente’?
A new feminist history asks us to reconsider early modern queenship.
When Women Ruled the World: Making the Renaissance in Europe
by Maureen Quilligan
April 21, 2022 issue
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