Between Friends? Two Letters of Ippolita Sforza to Lorenzo de' Medici

JH Bryce

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This article examines aspects of the relationship of Lorenzo de' Medici and Ippolita Sforza, Duchess of Calabria, through a close reading of two familiar letters by the latter dating from 1480 and 1486. The reading takes into account the respective political contexts of these letters -the end of the War of the Pazzi Conspiracy and of the Barons' Revolt respectively - but seeks above all to use them to explore the nature of a 'friendship' complicated by the political and dynastic agendas of the two individuals as well as by issues of status and, particularly, of gender.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340 - 365
Number of pages26
JournalRenaissance Studies
Volume21 (3)
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

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Publisher: Blackwell

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