Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi: Letters to Her Sons (1447-1470)

Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi: Letters to Her Sons (1447-1470)

Distributed for Iter Press

294 pages | 12 | 6 x 9
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9780866985482 Published April 2016

The seventy-three surviving letters written by Florentine widow, Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi (c.1406–1471), to her distant sons first appeared in print well over a century ago, but are here translated into English in their entirety for the first time. Whether for the professional historian or for the general reader interested in Renaissance Florence, they constitute a most precious testimony regarding both private and public life in the mid-fifteenth century, with themes ranging from familial relations, motherhood, marriage, and aspects of material culture to the harsh realities of political exile meted out by the Medici to their perceived opponents, these latter including her husband and, subsequently, her sons.

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