The Conspiracy of the Prince of Macchia & G.B. Vico


In September of 1701, events transpired in Naples that, through frequent retellings, became popularly known as “the conspiracy of the Prince of Macchia.” Rapidly gaining fame, this apparently anonymous narrative was soon incorporated by different historians in their history of the transition years between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. But who was the initial bard or narrator, the town clerk or citizen who first gave testimony of this event by creating a Latin text of the story of the Prince of Macchia? Giambattista Vico was not among the claimants to the authorship of the fabulous story that changed the future of the Kingdom of Naples. Nevertheless, four scholars across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were themselves convinced, and managed to convince the intellectual world as well, that Vico, then a young teacher of rhetoric at the University of Naples, was indeed the source of this original Latin narration of this oft retold Neapolitan history. This book provides the original Latin text with a parallel translation, as well as historical context and analysis of both the text’s authorship history and the account itself.

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Table of contents
List of Figures
Introduction by Paolo Fabiani: “Special Psychological Traits of the Prince of Macchia”
The Latin Text and the Translation of The Conspiracy of the Prince of Macchia
The Narration in Translation
The Narrator and the Authorship
The Making of the Narration
History in the Eighteenth Century
Searching for Two Autograph Originals
History of the Text of the Narration
The Narrative in the Eighteenth Century
The Narrative in the Nineteenth Century
The Narrative in the Twentieth Century
The Narrative in the Twenty-First Century
Eyewitnesses and the Uncertainty of Heroism
Don Luiz Francisco De La Cerda
The Primary Sources of the Narration
Authorities and Documents of the Narrative
History and Creativity in G. B. Vico
The Tree of the Story
Personae and Stage Development
The State Council Records
César D’Avalos, Marquis Del Vasto
The Viceroy and the Official Proclamations
The Manifestos: F. Spinelli and B. Ceva Grimaldi
Works Cited
About the Author
Index of Names
Index Card
Collection Information