Giulio Cesare Brancaccio

Jonathan Ligrani (Columbia University)
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Born into a noble family of the Nido


in the Kingdom of Naples, Giulio Cesare Brancaccio undertook a career as a solider, courtier, and bass singer. In the absence of extant documents reporting Brancaccio’s life span, scholars have approximated his birth to around 1520 and his death to around 1586. Common for Neapolitan nobility at the time, he received an education centered on literary and humanistic studies, musical training, and military skills—each of which served the reputation and strategies he utilized for social and political mobility in his primary centers of activity, namely, Naples, France, Rome, and Ferrara. Brancaccio’s life illuminates the changing climate of courtier identity in early modern Italy, mirroring the gradual breakdown of the noble self as a…

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Citation: Ligrani, Jonathan. "Giulio Cesare Brancaccio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 March 2019 [, accessed 15 July 2024.]

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