Enrico Zucchi, Alessandro Metlica (eds.), Storia e racconti dalla Res publica. L’Europa moderna di Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato, special issue of “Quaderni Veneti”, 2021
Born in Vicenza, in the republic of Venice, Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato (1606-1678) was a man of letters and a professional soldier. He took part in the siege of Breda (1624-1625) and battled for the French and the Habsburg army. In 1640, he published his first historical account, dedicated to the wars led by Ferdinand II and his son Ferdinand III. He wrote several political reports on different European regions, but also biographies of kings and popes.
By focusing on the life and works of this Italian historiographer, this special issue of “Quaderni veneti” aims not only at shedding new light on his relationships with different regimes and European princes, but also, and specially, at investigating how Gualdo Priorato built his narrative about early modern state and sovereignty. Indeed, Gualdo Priorato was both a loyal citizen of the Republic of Venice and a courtier, writing on commission from kings and rulers. In this respect, his literary production allows to question different political ideas and forms of rulership, namely the relation between monarchy and republicanism in the 17th century.
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