manuscript of Brunetto Latini’s Tesoretto (Florence, Biblioteca. Medicea- Laurenziana, Strozzi ) from the early Trecento.” This particular exemplar features a. Brunetto Latini (c. –) was an Italian philosopher, scholar, notary, and statesman. While in France, he wrote his Italian Tesoretto and in French his prose Li Livres dou Trésor, both summaries of the encyclopaedic knowledge of the. Bolton Holloway, Julia, Brunetto Latino, Maestro di Dante Alighieri: An Analytic . Brunetto Latini, Le petit trésor = Il tesoretto, traduit de l’italien.

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This present edition, based on Strozzifaithfully reproduces the original spelling of the manuscript, except for spelling out notes and contractions; it follows Latino’s medieval conventions of not capitalizing teeoretto of people, places or God. Dante speaks of this dark deed in Inferno XII. This edition of Brunetto Latino’s Il Tesorettofirst published in print, next in facsimile, finally on the web, is based, almost no emendation, on the text supplied by a manuscript in the Biblioteca Laurenziana, Strozzi The illumination laatini the dedication page Strozzifol.

La fine loda tutto. N or Biblioteca Nazionale, Palatinoformerly E.

Within the ‘revisioned’ dream landscape, Latino now sees Mount Olympus, and from it all the land and sea, air and fire, of the four elements of which he also wrote in Li Livres dou Tresor ‘s teslretto book, including with that account careful diagrams and mappae mundi. Not only was rhetoric to be used in speeches, it was also to be employed in the writing of letters to other bodies of government.


B or Brescia, Queriniana, A. The poem is both deconstructing and deepening, sloughing off its surface fabling concerning fame to reveal its inner sermon of truth. tesoretho

The other manuscripts are as follows: Wiese gives it the siglum F that Brunetfo gives to the Brussels manuscript. He is Chancellor of Florence from to C1 or Vaticano Chigiano L.

Introduction, Brunetto Latino, Il Tesoretto, ed. Julia Bolton Holloway

Let him beware, he warns, not to be stained by them. However, because of the memory of Cicero, it could also serve the needs of the autonomous, sovereign and free city states Kantorowicz, pp. Then, having cleansed himself – and his reader – he is ready to re-enter his dream vision landscapes to learn of the seven arts.

To do so, he must counter Karl Vossler’s magisterial Medieval Culture: Ancor ti prego e dico: It is more likely that Latino, hearing of the Guelph victory, then made his way home to Florence. The words he uses when he returns to that poetic realm are ‘io mi ritrovai’.

A careful, controversial, and sometimes brilliant analysis of the relationship of the Tesoretto and the Commedia.

Brunetto Latini

In the medieval curriculum the ars dictaminis, the teaching of letter-writing skills, was brunstto part of medieval education which most clearly continued classical education, and which was the most familiar with classical texts for its models Weiss, p. Chabaille, since the earlier one often gives more complete information concerning manuscripts and their illuminations.


The Ghibellines had demanded reparations from the Florentine Guelphs – which they had been unable to pay. Dante’s treatment of Laatini, however, is commendatory beyond almost any other figure in the ‘Inferno’. As a result, Latini was exiled from his native city.

It contains a copy of Dante’s Commediapoems by various authors, then Brunetto Latino’s Tesorettoincomplete, on folios v. Presso in questo loco Then there is silence for five or six years. The Sense of an Ending.

Brunetto Latino, Il Tesoretto

A charming sonnet purported to be by Dante and written by Brunetto accompanied a copy of his Vita Nuova. He took refuge in France from to while working as a notary in MontpellierArrasBar-sur-Aubeand Paris. We know from civic documents that Brunetto Latino was married, with a daughter named Biancia who in turn married inthis being our only means for gauging her father’s age. The palinode now begins. John Longo was my research assistant and Patricia Onofri my typist.

Latino addresses the palinode to his ‘fino amico caro’, his Ciceronian friend.