A Companion to the Renaissance in Southern Italy (1350–1600)


A Companion to the Renaissance in Southern Italy offers readers unfamiliar with Southern Italy an introduction to different aspects of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century history and culture of this vast and significant area of Europe, situated at the center of the Mediterranean. Commonly regarded as a backward, rural region untouched by the Italian Renaissance, the essays in this volume paint a rather different picture. The expert-written contributions present a general survey of the most recent research on the centers of southern Italy, as well as insight into the ground-breaking debates on wider themes, such as the definition of the city, continuity and discontinuity at the turn of the sixteenth century, and the effects of dynastic changes from the Angevin and Aragonese Kingdom to the Spanish Viceroyalty. Taken together, they form an essential resource on an important, yet all too often overlooked or misunderstood part of Renaissance Italy.

Contributors: Giancarlo Abbamonte, David Abulafia, Guido Cappelli, Chiara De Caprio, Bianca de Divitiis, Fulvio Delle Donne, Teresa D’Urso, Dinko Fabris, Guido Giglioni, Antonietta Iacono, Fulvio Lenzo, Lorenzo Miletti, Francesco Montuori, Pasquale Palmieri, Eleni Sakellariou, Francesco Senatore, Francesco Storti, Pierluigi Terenzi, Carlo Vecce, Giuliana Vitale, and Andrea Zezza.
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Bianca de Divitiis, Ph.D. (2006) is Associate Professor in the History of Art at the University of Naples Federico II. She has led international projects and has published widely on eighteenth-century British architecture and Renaissance in Southern Italy.
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Bianca de Divitiis

Part 1 The Context

1 The Aragonese Kingdom of Naples in Its Mediterranean Context
David Abulafia

2 The Kingdom of Naples from Aragonese to Spanish Rule
Pierluigi Terenzi

3 Demography, Economy, and Trade
Eleni Sakellariou

4 Religion: Institutions, Devotion, and Heresy
Pasquale Palmieri

5 Linguistic Spaces: Use and Culture
Francesco Montuori

6 Mapping the Kingdom: History and Geography
Bianca de Divitiis and Fulvio Lenzo

Part 2 Urban Networks

7 Cities, Towns, and Urban Districts in Southern Italy
Francesco Senatore

8 Urban Spaces and Society in Southern Italy
Giuliana Vitale

9 Factional Conflict and Political Struggle in Southern Italian Cities and Towns
Francesco Storti

10 Jews, Conversos and Cristiani Novelli in the Kingdom of Naples
David Abulafia

11 Territorial and Urban Infrastructures: Ports, Roads, and Water Supply
Fulvio Lenzo

12 Architectural Patronage and Networks
Bianca de Divitiis

Part 3 Histories and Narratives

13 Historiography from the Aragonese Kingdom to the Spanish Viceroyalty
Fulvio Delle Donne

14 Political Treatises
Guido Cappelli

15 Writing about Cities: Local History, Antiquarianism, and Classical Sources
Lorenzo Miletti

16 Written and Oral Culture: Oral Narratives, Administrative Texts, Vernacular Historiography in Southern Italy
Chiara De Caprio

17 Literacy and Administration in the Towns of Southern Italy
Francesco Senatore

Part 4 Cultural Patterns

18 Literature and Theater
Carlo Vecce

19 Philosophy in the Kingdom of Naples: The Long Renaissance from Giovanni Pontano to Giambattista Vico
Guido Giglioni

20 The Academies from the Death of Giovanni Gioviano Pontano to the End of the Sixteenth Century
Antonietta Iacono

21 Libraries of Humanists and of the Elites in Southern Italy
Giancarlo Abbamonte

22 Manuscript Illustration in the South of the Italian Peninsula
Teresa D’Urso

23 Paintings, Frescoes, and Cycles
Andrea Zezza

24 Music and Music Patronage at the Courts of the Kingdom
Dinko Fabris

Kings and Viceroys
Scholars, teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in Italian and European Renaissance history and culture. Keywords: Kingdom of Naples, Napoli, history, art, architecture, literature, religion, historiography, chorography, treatises, conflicts, linguistics, cities, 1350–1600, universities, elites.
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