Renaissance and Reformation Coluccio Salutati
Craig Kallendorf
  • LAST REVIEWED: 03 May 2021
  • LAST MODIFIED: 24 May 2017
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195399301-0141


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.


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, Teresa, Giuliano Tanturli, and Stefano Zamponi. “Abbreviazioni bibliografiche.” In Coluccio Salutati e l‘invenzione dell’umanesimo. Edited by Teresa De Robertis, Giuliano Tanturli, and Stefano Zamponi, 365–385. Catalogue of an exhibition held 2 November 2008–30 January 2009 at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence. Florence: Mandragora, 2008.

    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. Edited by Comune di Buggiano, 47–62. Buggiano, Italy: Comune di Buggiano, 1981.

    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 1970s, and secondary scholarship.

  • De Rosa, Daniela. “La bibliografia relativa a Coluccio Salutati negli ultimi venticinque anni.” Paper presented at a conference held 27 May 2006 at Buggiano Castello in Buggiano, Italy. In Atti del Convegno Coluccio Salutati, cancelliere e letterato: Buggiano Castello, 27 maggio 2006. Edited by Associazione Culturale Buggiano Castello, 19–100. Buggiano, Italy: Comune di Buggiano, 2007.

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

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