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Cavalcanti, Giovanni
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1381-ca 1451. Italy. Florentine patrician and historian descended of a minor branch of an élite family. After holding several offices, he was imprisoned during the 1420s (till 1439), because the Cavalcantis were not willing (or not able) to pay the taxes raised for the anti-Viscontean wars. In prison he wrote his Istorie fiorentine, and his Seconde istorie, written after his release, continues this in a different form. Cavalcanti's last years were dedicated to the Trattato politico-morale, in which he sums up what he has learnt from his own experiences comparing them w…

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Lang, Heinrich, “Cavalcanti, Giovanni”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 25 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_00428>
First published online: 2016

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