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14 The Italian “Readers” of Bodin, 17th–18th Centuries: Readers of Bodin in Italy—From Albergati to Filangieri

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This chapter focuses on texts, themes, and contexts, which suggest that Jean Bodin's Italian readership was not marginalized by the ecclesiastical condemnation of his treatises. Among late-seventeenth and eighteenth-century Italian readers of Bodin, Neapolitan interpreters were no longer worried by the religious implications of his doctrine. The circumstances of time and place compelled them, rather, to criticize another main motif of the République: the reconsideration of Roman history. This matter became of importance to Italian readers. Bodin had appreciated its significance, yet it is necessary to note that this issue had an even greater value for Italian readers than it had for Bodin, in relation to the problems of state stability and to the conversio rerum publicarum. Bodin's Neapolitan readers of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries could easily have consulted his treatises, as they were part of the private library of Giuseppe Valletta, a lawyer and a bibliophile.

Keywords: Bodin's Italian readership; Giuseppe Valletta; Neapolitan interpreters; Roman history



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