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Banning a Book Makes Me Desperate to Read It

Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio’s works were placed in the Vatican’s Index of Forbidden Books on this date in 1911. The Vatican considered books on this list to be either lascivious, heretical, or anti-clerical. Now where can we get a copy? … Continue reading

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Torquato Tasso Died on This Date

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Boccaccio Bites It

The Decameron author Giovanni Boccaccio died on this date in 1375.

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Auction Hammer Snags da Vinci

On this date in 1980, Armand Hammer purchases a notebook containing the writings of Leonardo da Vinci for a bargain price of $5,126,000. You can read more about this story here: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/da-vinci-notebook-sells-for-over-5-million

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Petrarch Sees His Lady Love

On this date in 1327, the Italian poet Petrarch first saw Laura, who became the subject of his Il Canzoniere.

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Renaissance Man Petrarch Born on This Date

Italian poet and scholar Petrarch was born on this date in 1304. Often called the “Father of Humanism” and credited for initiating the Italian Renaissance, Petrarch’s most famous poetic work is the collection called the Canzoniere. This collection of poems, … Continue reading

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The Ends Justify the Means

Niccolo Machiavelli born this date in 1469. His masterpiece, The Prince, contains some of the most influential political theory ever written. You can read it here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/ 1232

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Petrarch Meets His Muse

On this date in 1327, Italian poet Petrarch first sees his idealized love, Laura, in the church of St. Clare in Avignon. Petrarch, who is often called the “father of humanism,” wrote a collection of 366 poems about his love … Continue reading

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Alessandro Manzoni Born on This Date

Italian author Alessandro Manzoni born on this date in 1785. Best known for his novel The Betrothed, he spent his life in Paris. A year after his death in 1873, Verdi dedicated his Requiem to Manzoni’s memory.

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Galileo’s Dialogue Sparks Controversy

Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published on this date in 1632. Galileo was convicted of heresy for the book, which was subsequently placed on the Index of Forbidden Books. It was not removed from this index … Continue reading

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