Matteo Maria Boiardo

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Matteo Maria Boiardo was born to Giovanni Boiardo and Lucia Strozzi in Scandiano under the sign of Gemini, as he notes in one of his sonnets. The eldest of five children, he was grandson of the humanist Count of Scandiano Feltrino Boiardo, nephew of the Ferrarese court poet Tito Vespasiano Strozzi, and cousin of the Neoplatonist philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. He was raised by his parents in Ferrara until his father's death in 1451 brought him back to his grandfather's castle in Scandiano. Following the deaths of his grandfather (1456) and uncle (1460), Boiardo initally shared the title of Count as well as the governance of Scandiano and neighboring territories with his cousin Giovanni. During these years, Boiardo lived …

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Cavallo, Jo Ann. "Matteo Maria Boiardo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2008
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