Poggio Bracciolini

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  • Riccardo Fubini

Poggio Bracciolini is one of the outstanding Latin writers of fifteenth-century humanism. We could define him as the most direct follower of the moral thought of Petrarch in his own century. His writings, mostly of an epistolary or dialogical character, were composed late in his life.

Poggio was born in Terranova, midway between Florence and Arezzo, but as early as 1402 he was inscribed in the Florentine guild of judges and notaries. He spent the greatest and the most meaningful part of his life, however, at the papal court in Rome. In 1405 he was named to the curial office of the Abbreviatori (drafters of papal correspondence), and in 1411 he succeeded his friend Leonardo Bruni as papal secretary, the most …

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Fubini, Riccardo. "Poggio Bracciolini". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 April 2012
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