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Publication - Professor Judith Bryce

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

    Citation

    Bryce, J, 2007, ‘Between Friends? Two Letters of Ippolita Sforza to Lorenzo de' Medici’. Renaissance Studies, vol 21 (3)., pp. 340 - 365

    Abstract

    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.

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