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Contarini, Francesco
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1421-75. Italy. Venetian diplomat, statesman and historian, whose Historia Etruria (History of Etruria), written in the manner of Caesar's Commentaries, provides a detailed portrait of Tuscan politics in 1454-5. He studied at the University of Padua where he earned his doctorate in arts in 1442 and in law in 1453, and lectured in philosophy. He served as Venice's ambassador to Bologna from 1451, and to Siena 1454-5, returning to Venice to serve several terms as a "Savio di terra ferma", before his election as Veni…

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Kohl, Benjamin G., “Contarini, Francesco”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_000340>
First published online: 2016

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