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Virtue and Class in Renaissance Italy
An analysis of the relationship between virtue and class in Renaissance Italy.
# 148161 | 1,626 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 15, 2011 in History (European) , Literature (Italian)

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This paper examines how during the Renaissance in Italy mistrust of other classes brought about differences in values and how authors Petrarch and Alberti (and by extension Gianozzo) hold many views on virtues in common and differ on matters of thrift and justice. Alberti was a member of the wealthy merchant class and most of the virtues he discusses reflect this. Petrarch was not. The paper also discusses how the differences in world view displayed by these authors are an extension of the class differences at the time and their works can help us better understand the relationship between these two groups.
In this paper, the references are to be found in the footnotes.

From the Paper:

"Wealth had a much different role in the lives of the nobility. The rulers of Italy's remaining principalities were expected to spend their wealth on the people, not just their own personal agendas. At this time the wealth of the monarch and the wealth of the state were inseparable. The ruler would draw from the same treasury to buy a horse as he would to build a bridge. This meant fiscal responsibility was even more important for the rulers than the merchant class; however this did not often seem to be the case. On the one hand Petrarch warns his prince to "avoid useless and superfluous expenditures" (*Petrarch, pg 55), on the other hand he advised widespread patronage of the arts (something Petrarch himself benefited from immensely)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • I Libri Della Famiglia by Leon Battista Alberti
  • Petrarch - How a Ruler Ought to Govern His State by Francesco Petrarca

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