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In This Article Coluccio Salutati

  • Introduction
  • Bibliography
  • Life And Works
  • Library
  • Political Career

Renaissance and Reformation Coluccio Salutati
by
Craig Kallendorf

Introduction

Coluccio Salutati (b. 1331–d. 1406) is primarily known today as the scholar who ensured that the humanist movement established by Petrarch was passed on successfully to Leonardo Bruni, Poggio Bracciolini, and other scholars of the next generation. His approach to learning was more traditional than Petrarch’s; but from his base as chancellor of Florence, he began to associate humanism with the active political life in a way that would have a decisive impact on the next generation of scholars. His surviving writings range from official letters to learned treatises on government and ethics. In addition, many books survive from his substantial library, allowing us to see what his intellectual interests were and how he read his books.

Bibliography

The yearly output of books and articles on Salutati is not enormous, and some items (including De Rosa 2007) can be difficult to find. De Rosa 1981 provides an excellent orientation that extends back to the 19th century, while De Rosa 2007 and De Robertis, et al. 2008 bring Salutati scholarship up to date.

  • De Robertis, T., Giuliano Tanturli, and Stefano Zamponi, eds. “Abbreviazioni bibliografiche.” In Coluccio Salutati e l‘invenzione dell’umanesimo. Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Biblioteca medicea laurenziana, Florence, Italy, 2 November 2008–30 January 2009. Florence, Italy: Mandragora, 2008.

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    An extensive list of references accompanying an important exhibition on Salutati in connection with the anniversary of his death. This bibliography casts the net more widely to include Salutati’s scholarly and professional environment as well as his life and works.

  • De Rosa, Daniela. “Cenni bibliografici relativi a Coluccio Salutati.” In Atti del convegno su Coluccio Salutati, Buggiano Castello, giugno 1980, 47–62. Buggiano, Italy: Comune di Buggiano, 1981.

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    A thorough overview of relevant material through the end of the 1970s. Divided into separate sections on archival documents and literary manuscripts, editions of literary works from the beginning of printing through the end of the 20th century, and secondary scholarship.

  • De Rosa, Daniela. “La bibliografia relativa a Coluccio Salutati negli ultimi venticinque anni.” In Atti del Convegno Coluccio Salutati, cancelliere e letterato. Buggiano Castello, 27 maggio 2006, 19–100. Buggiano, Italy: Comune di Buggiano, 2007.

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    A full survey of material relevant to Salutati, updating De Rosa 1981; especially valuable for Italian material published in obscure venues.

LAST MODIFIED: 04/14/2011

DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195399301-0141

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