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The Consolation for Marcello and the Friuli Connection (1461)

in Complete Writings

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226590073
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226590097 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226590097.003.0013
The Consolation for Marcello and the Friuli Connection (1461)

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Isotta Nogarola, an Italian-born French author, wrote her last surviving major work, A Consolatory Letter, for the Venetian nobleman, soldier, and literary patron Jacopo Antonio Marcello on the death of his eight-year-old son Valerio on January 1, 1461. After Valerio's unexpected death, Marcello initiated plans for the assembling of an elegant funerary volume. The book would eventually contain a collection of twenty-three consolatory works by nineteen authors commemorating Valerio's life and death. There were two reasons Marcello should have commissioned a consolatory work from Nogarola. First, most Venetian rulers of the terra ferma had longstanding ties of friendship with the leading families of their client cities, cemented through marriage ties and social, political, and literary networks. Second, the ties that existed between Ludovico Foscarini, a Venetian governor, and Marcello.

Keywords: Jacopo Antonio Marcello; Valerio; Ludovico Foscarini; consolatory works

Chapter.  7029 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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