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Journal > Volumes > 38 (2007) > 2 (Summer)
2 (Summer)
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Vengeance, Humanism, & the Assassination of Alessandro de’ Medici

On the night of 6 January 1537 Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici killed his cousin, the first Duke of Florence, Alessandro de’ Medici. In an Apologia, written around three years after the assassination, Lorenzo claimed that he had killed Alessandro in order to restore Florence to republican liberty. Historians have interpreted this text as a self-justificatory and...

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Applied Typology in Milton’s “Tenure of Kings & Magistrates”

Recent  analysis of John Milton’s first tract justifying King Charles I’s trial and execution in 1649 has highlighted its rational argumentation and secular foundation. This essay examines Milton’s use of biblical, classical, and national historical types of the regicide to exhort his readers to view the king as a tyrant, his death as a biblically and historically warranted punishment, and the...

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Puritans, Politics, & Lunacy: The Copinger-Hacket Conspiracy

On 19 July 1591, three puritans created a street disturbance in London. They were intending to inaugurate the reign of one of them as the new king of Europe and initiate the transformation of the Church of England to presbyterianism. Some presbyterians hastily dismissed their actions as madness, and historians have tended to agree. The episode is famous, but there has never been a re-creation...

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High Justice, Ius Reformandi, & Rural Reformation in Swabia

Recent studies of the ius reformandi examine the right of reformation’s theoretical development while overlooking the process of conflict and negotiation that led to a practical right of reformation prior to the 1555 Peace of Augsburg. In October 1544, the imperial city of Augsburg installed an evangelical preacher in Mindelaltheim, a...

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Nuns of San Jacopo & the Florentine Piagnone Movement

The unpublished necrology kept by the Observant Dominican nuns of San Jacopo in Florence warrants closer study for its unexpected relation to the Savonarolan movement. Begun in 1508, ten years after Savonarola’s execution, this register narrated powerful stories focused on illness and dying, casting suffering nuns who made a “good death” as spiritual exemplars of the Savonarolan movement. This...

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Film, Historical Thinking, & the Classroom

Although films based on historical events are usually criticized for their deviations from facts, this paper argues that such films can be used fruitfully in the classroom. Using the example of a course on Elizabeth I, the paper shows that films produced at different times and places can be presented and discussed in ways that demonstrate to students that interpretations of historical people...

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