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Giovanni Caroli—The Conduit Of The Sense Of Spiritual And Political Crisis In Florence

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This chapter discusses both the spiritual and the political crisis in Florence during the last decades of the fifteenth century by referring to a relatively little known figure in the history of Renaissance Florence: Giovanni Caroli (1428-1503). It shows that Caroli was a conduit of the sense of crisis that affected the intellectual life in Florence, through analysing his first composition, the dialogue in three books Liber dierum lucensium, which was written during the winter of 1461-1462 while he was in exile in the Dominican convent of St Romano in Lucca. Liber dierum lucensium is a dialogue, divided by the author into three books. The main participants, who are present in all three books, are Johannes (Caroli himself) and Jacobus, a friend of Johannes from Santa Maria Novella, who was exiled to Lucca along with him.

Keywords:Dominican; Florence; Giovanni Caroli; Liber dierum lucensium; political crisis; spiritual crisis



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