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8 Culture in Lombardy, 1535–1706

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Paolo Giovio's scarce writings on the question of Lombardy are interesting more for their style than for their historical record. A largely autonomous figure with regard to geographical limitations can be found in Andrea Alciato. The printed edition of a large selection of Novelle by Matteo Bandello in 1560 is worthy of note. Carlo Borromeo had a tremendously profound influence over the religious, political, and cultural life of Milan, toward general compliance with the directives of the Counter-Reformation. Federico Borromeo was also a prolific writer, to the extent that he can be considered as the most important Milanese writer of the first half of the seventeenth century, alongside Giuseppe Ripamonti. It is also significant that in 1651 the Comune of Milan awarded the role of state historian not to an exponent of local culture but to an illustrious academic who resided and worked elsewhere.

Keywords: Andrea Alciato; Carlo Borromeo; Culture in Lombardy; Federico Borromeo; Giuseppe Ripamonti; Milan



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