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Wikileaks nel Seicento: corrieri svaligiati e lettere intercettate durante la Guerra dei Trent’anni

Filippo de Vivo    University of Oxford    

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Traiano Boccalini and Ferrante Pallavicino wrote famous fictions centred on mugged couriers and opened mailbags. Actual such cases were frequent during the 30 Years War. This chapter discusses the letters of Alvise Vallaresso, Venetian ambassador in London 1622-1624. They were opened in post-masters’ offices; robbed from couriers by thieves or enemy soldiers; seized together with the ambassador’s personal archive while on the way back to Italy at the end of his mission. As in fiction, groups of readers then read and discussed letters together – including ambassadors, secretaries, ministers and the emperor himself. Such is the frequency of these events that we need to speak not of mishaps but of standard practices.

Published
Oct. 23, 2023
Submitted
May 22, 2023
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-733-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-727-2

Keywords: Black cabinetsPost-Thirty Years WarLetter writingInformationAlvise VallaressoFerrante PallavicinoFulgenzio Micanzio

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