Angelo Beolco, Il Ruzante

Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

Born in Padua, Angelo Beolco was the illegitimate (


, in one term of the time) son of a doctor connected with the University of Padua. His father, in turn, was a member of a wealthy and noble Milanese merchant-banking family who developed a trade in cloth and printing in Venice, Vicenza, and Padua in the latter half of the fifteenth century. The identity of Beolco’s mother is unknown, but she is likely to have been a family servant of humble, possibly peasant, origin. While Beolco grew up in the family home and was entrusted by his father with considerable responsibility, he was never legitimized. He was thus not entitled to an equal share of the patrimony with his three half-brothers; instead, his father bequeathed him twenty-four ducats, a sum often given to servants because of…

2607 words

Citation: Carroll, Linda. "Angelo Beolco, Il Ruzante". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 June 2011 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

12855 Angelo Beolco, Il Ruzante 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.