Gian Francesco Biondi

(1572—1644) diplomat and romance writer

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(1572–1644). Novelist and historian. Born in Istria, he served as a Venetian diplomat, but was a friend of Sarpi and a supporter of the Reformation who objected to papal interference. From 1612 he served the English court in London, but in 1640, when Charles I's position weakened, he moved to Switzerland, where he died. He wrote an Istoria delle guerre civili d'Inghilterra tra le due case di Lancastro ed Iorc (1637) and a successful trilogy of novels—L'Eromena (1624), La donzella desterrada (1627), and Il Coralbo (1632). In all these works (and particularly in L'Eromena, which is the first significant Italian novel) he analysed with great perception the destructive effects of political power on human life.

From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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