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The “Origini della fameglia Orsina”: Incredible Genealogies Between a Pseudo Ficino and a Pseudo Petrarch

Giulio Vaccaro    Istituto di Storia dell’Europa Mediterranea-CNR, Italia    

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abstract

This paper analyses and publishes a diptych of texts on the origins of the Orsini family preserved in the manuscript Florence, BNC, II.VII.82. The texts are fully in line with the trend of ‘unbelievable genealogies’ developing in Italy during the 16th century. The first of the texts recounts the remote origins of the noble family and is attributed to an otherwise unknown son of Marsilio Ficino. The second one narrates Orsine events in the Carolingian era and is instead attributed to Francesco Petrarca.

Published
Dec. 5, 2022
Accepted
Oct. 27, 2022
Submitted
Sept. 19, 2022
Language
IT

Keywords: Roman familiesPseudo PetrarchOrsini familyPseudo FicinoUnbelievable genealogies

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