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Dei, Benedetto
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1418-92. Florence, Italy. Prolific humanist writer and author of vernacular town and national chronicles. Dei is possibly best known for his assiduous activity as a writer of news letters to the princely courts of Milan, Mantua (Mantova) and Ferrara in the 1480s, which made him a free-lance journalist avant la lettre, but his four historical works, all written in the Florentine dialect of Italian, are equally important. After having travelled extensively on Florentine merchant galleys in the Mediterranean and to Northern Europe, he returned to …

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Böninger, Lorenz, “Dei, Benedetto”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 18 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_00869>
First published online: 2016

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