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Dati, Agostino

(675 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
[Augustinus Datus, Dathus]1420-April 8, 1478. Italy. Agostino Dati was born into a bourgeois family from Siena in 1420. The exact date of his birth is not recorded but we know that he was baptized on February 18. In Siena, Dati studied under the guidance of Francesco Filelfo and soon became noted for his knowledge of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and the Holy Scriptures. He was first invited to Urbino by the local duke, Oddo Antonio da Montefeltro, to teach there and then to Rome by Pope Nicholas V to serve as magister pontificiarum epistolarum. However, Dati decided to return to his birthplac…
Date: 2016-10-17

Orsi, Giacomo

(261 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
c.1450–1520 (?). Italy. All the information that we have about Orsi comes from the chronicle that he wrote between 1488 and 1490. Born in Candelo (Piedmont) around the mid-15th century, Orsi worked as schoolteacher in Biella. In his work, he states that he was asked to write the chronicle of his city by the local City Council in order to record the conflicts and rivalries between the cities of Biella and Andorno (modern-day Andorno Micca). Although there is no documentary evidence, it is believed that Orsi died in 1520.The chronicle is found in Turin, National Library, ms. F. IV. 2…
Date: 2016-10-17

Grumello, Antonio

(396 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
1460/1470-c.1529. Italy. Antonio Grumello was born between 1460 and 1470 in Pizzighettone, near Cremona (Lombardy). He belonged to a noble Lombard family that owned lands in the region around Lomello (near Pavia). In his chronicle, he narrates the main battles in which he participated with his three brothers (Giovan Stefano, Alessandro, and Galeazzo) in order to prove his family’s strong devotion to the Sforzas.The only extant manuscript of his chronicle is located in Milan, Biblioteca Trivulziana, ms. 1387. We do not know when Antonio wrote it; it is very …
Date: 2016-10-17

Bernardino da Fossa

(569 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
[Bernardino Aquilano; Giovanni Amici]1421-1503. Italy. Born in Fossa (L’Aquila) in 1421 into a noble family, GiovanniAmici moved to Perugia in 1438 to continue his studies in jurisprudence. In 1445, he decided to join the order of the Franciscans and was given the name Bernardino, in memory of the famous friar from Siena who had died in L’Aquila the previous year. Soon recognized for his wisdom, knowledge, prudence, and administrative skills, he was repeatedly appointed Provincial of Abruzzo. In 14…
Date: 2016-10-17

Centelles, Jordi de

(378 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
c. 1433-1496. Spain. Jordi de Centelles was a Catalan canon, and translator of Antonio Beccadelli’s De dictis et factis Alphonsi regis Aragonum. Very little is known about the life of Jordi de Centelles. He was the illegitimate son of the count of Oliva, Francesc Gilabert de Centelles (1408-1481), who served Alfonso the Magnanimous from 1433 to 1458. It seems that Jordi was born during this period, probably soon after his father moved to Italy. He studied law and was canon in Valencia. He was apparently a highly pas…
Date: 2016-10-17

Girolamo da Forlì

(362 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
[Girolamo de Flochis]1348-c. 1437. Italy. Girolamo was born in Forlì in 1348. In 1360, he entered the local Order of the Dominicans and, after studying theology in Venice, he moved to Bologna in 1391 as magister theologiae. In addition to his teaching, he was also very involved in the life and community of his order in Bologna, where he became prior of its convent, as well as in his native Forlì, where he was elected vicarius. In 1420, he reached the highest position in his career,  definitor provincie Romandiole,  with the task of supervising all the Dominican convents in the regio…
Date: 2016-10-17

Bernabei, Lazzaro

(272 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
1430/1440-1497. Lazzaro Bernabei was born in Ancona, probably between 1430 and 1440. He seems to have studied literature and law, as he is called magister in various family deeds. Documents of the local city council record the fact that in 1451, he was asked to replace magistri Iacopo da Gubbio and Simeone in their role as public teachers. He was asked to perform the same duties again in 1493. In 1492, he began writing the chronicle of Ancona in the vernacular. The fact that the last pages of the chronicle end abruptly in the year 1497 suggests that he died around this time.He is the author of the C…
Date: 2016-10-17

Attavanti, Paolo

(399 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
[Paulus Florentinus, Paolo Fiorentino]ca 1445-1499. Italy. Paolo Attavanti was born in Florence around 1445. At age seven, he became an oblate at the basilica of the Most Holy Annunciation (Santissima Annunziata) in Florence. In 1456, he entered the Servite Order and changed his name from Francesco to Brother Paolo. By 1467, he was already a magister in theology and, by 1470,  doctor in utroque (doctor in canon and civil law). In 1472, he became a member of the college of theologians in Siena. He spent many years preaching in Tuscany, Lombardy, Liguria, and…
Date: 2016-10-17

Flamma, Galvaneus

(1,130 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
[Galvano Fiamma]1283-c.1344. Italy. Galvaneus Flamma was probably born in Milan in 1283. In 1298, he became a novice in the Dominican priory of Saint Eustorgio, where he studied and eventually became a lector sacrae theologiae. After teaching for a few years in Pavia, he returned to Milan where he taught moral philosophy. There is no information about him between 1323 and 1330. In 1330, he served as a witness in a trial of the Inquisition. In 1333 he was, once again, back in Milan at Saint Eustorgio and he started to write his c…
Date: 2016-10-17

Del Caccia, Giovanni di Matteo

(302 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
1265/70-c. 1348. Italy. Author of a Dominican order chronicle. Del Caccia was born in Orvieto around 1265-1270. He entered the Dominican Order and, after studying in Pistoia and spending a period of time in the Dominican monastery in Tivoli, he returned to his hometown in 1311. He remained in Orvieto for the rest of his life and died around 1348.His most important work is the Chronica conventus Urbevetani,  written between 1346 and 1348. The only extant manuscript is held in Rome, Archivio Generalizio dell’Ordine Dominicano, AGOP XIV, 28. The chronicle is divid…
Date: 2016-10-17

Bracelli, Giacomo

(428 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
[Giacomo or Iacopo Bracello, Bracellio, Bracellus, de Bracelleis]1390 –c. 1466.Italy.  Born in 1390, Giacomo Bracelli was a doctor in both civil and canon law ( iuris utriusque consultus). He studied in Pavia and probably also in Milan. By 1411, he was already Chancellor of the Republic of Genoa, a position he held for over fifty years. During his life, Bracelli became acquainted with many humanists and litterati of his time: Giovanni Aurispa, Poggio Bracciolini, Giovan Mario Filelfo, Flavio Biondo, Antonio Beccadelli (Il Panormita), Bartolomeo Fazio, and othe…
Date: 2016-10-17

Morone, Bartolomeo

(355 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
1392–1461. Italy. Born in Milan, Morone studied law under the guidance of Cristoforo Castiglioni and obtained a degree in civil jurisprudence in Turin 1413. The following year, he became a doctor  in utroque iure (canon and civil law) at the University of Pavia. He then started his career in Milan as an attorney and served on the board of different public institutions. After the death of Filippo Maria Visconti in 1447, Morone participated actively in the creation of the Golden Ambrosian Republic (1447-50). When Francesco Sforza…
Date: 2016-10-17

Bernardi, Andrea

(408 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
[Novacula]1450-1552. Italy. Born in Bologna into a family of very modest means, Andrea Bernardi worked as a barber during his youth, whence came his nickname “Novacula”, from the Latin word for a sharp knife or razor. In 1470, he moved to Forlì where he spent the rest of his life. There he started to write a chronicle of his times, paying special attention to the history of his adoptive city. The work was so well received by the members of the city council that they decided to reward Bernardi by…
Date: 2016-10-17

Botta, Leonardo

(380 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
c. 1431-1513. Italy. Born into an ancient and noble family from Cremona, Leonardo Botta studied Greek and Latin under the guidance of the humanist Francesco Filelfo. Following in his father’s footsteps, he served the Sforza family, first as secretary to Alessandro, Lord of Pesaro, and then, from 1471, as ambassador of Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza of Milan. He proved to be a highly skilled diplomat. In 1473, Botta was sent to Venice to propose an alliance between the Most Serene Republic of Venice,…
Date: 2016-10-17

Biglia, Andrea

(767 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
[Andrea da Milano, Andrea Bilius, Billia, de Biliis, de Beliis, Biglio]c.1395-1435. Italy. Born around 1395 in Milan, Biglia entered the order of the Augustinians in 1412. After studying in Padua, he moved to Florence, where he taught moral philosophy, poetics, and rhetoric between 1418 and 1423. He continued his career in Bologna where he remained until 1428. After a brief stay in Milan and Perugia, Biglia settled down in Siena, where he spent the last years of his life teaching moral and natural philoso…
Date: 2016-10-17

Borghi, Tobia

(397 words)

Author(s): Paolini, Devid
[Tobia del Borgo]c. 1410/1420-c. 1449. Italian. Tobia Borghi was born in Verona in the second decade of the 15th century. In 1432, he was in Ferrara at the school of Guarino Veronese where he soon became one of Veronese's favorite pupils. By 1438, Borghi had already earned his doctorate in jurisprudence. In Ferrara, he had the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with some of the most important humanists of the time, such as Tito Vespasiano Strozzi, Francesco Barbaro, and others. He spent the last years of his …
Date: 2016-10-17