Lauro Martines





Lauro Martines


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Lauro Martines , former Professor of European History at the University of California, Los Angeles, is renowned for his books on the Italian Renaissance. The author of Power and Imagination: City-States in Renaissance Italy, and most recently of Strong Words: Writing and Social Strain in the Italian Renaissance, he reviews for The Times Literary Supplement and lives in London with his wife, novelist Julia O'Faolain.

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April Blood: Florence and t...

3.73 avg rating — 664 ratings — published 2003 — 16 editions
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Fire in the City: Savonarol...

3.50 avg rating — 262 ratings — published 2006 — 15 editions
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Furies: War in Europe 1450-...

3.62 avg rating — 207 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Power and Imagination: City...

3.50 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1979 — 8 editions
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Loredana: A Venetian Tale

3.20 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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An Italian Renaissance Sext...

3.18 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1994 — 5 editions
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Lawyers and Statecraft in R...

4.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1968 — 5 editions
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Strong Words: Writing and S...

3.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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Society and History in Engl...

3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1985 — 2 editions
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Violence and Civil Disorder...

3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1899 — 3 editions
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“It follows that the one thing we should not do to the men and women of past time, and particularly if they ghost through to us as larger than life, is to take them out of their historical contexts. To do so is to run the risk of turning them into monsters, whom we can denounce for our (frequently political) motives—an insidious game, because we are condemning in their make-up that which is likely to belong to a whole social world, the world that helped to fashion them and that is deviously reflected or distorted in them. Censure of this sort is the work of petty moralists and propagandists, not historians (p. 5).”
Lauro Martines, Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for Renaissance Florence

“An army of twenty thousand men, even without camp followers, exceeded the population of most European cities; and when that winding horde of soldiers, with ten to fifteen thousand horses, set out on campaign, it could easily eat up, in a few days, all the food and fodder in the adjacent villages and countryside for many miles around. Such an army could not stay put; it had to move; it had to go on seeking new pastures and more stocks of food.”
Lauro Martines, Furies

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