Leonardo Bruni

Craig Kallendorf

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online August 2011 | | DOI:
Leonardo Bruni

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Leonardo Bruni (b. 1370–d. 1444) is one of the most interesting and versatile of the early Italian humanists. Intellectual leader of the generation following Coluccio Salutati, Bruni made substantial contributions to all the humanistic disciplines except poetry. Yet, though the sheer number of surviving manuscripts of his works establishes him as the most popular author of the Quattrocento, he was no ivory tower academic. He served as secretary to four popes, then as chancellor of Florence from 1427 until his death. And though the details of how he did so are still in dispute, Bruni was remarkably successful in bringing the ideals and values of Antiquity to bear on the intellectual and political concerns of his day.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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