Known as Folgore da San Gimignano, the poet and knight Iacobo Micheli was a contemporary of Dante Alighieri who lived in San Gimignano, a small hill town in the region of Tuscany. We currently possess a total of thirty-two sonnets attributed to him, twenty-nine of which are preserved in the codex Vaticano Barberino Latino 3953. He is mostly remembered for his “Corona dei mesi” [The Garland of the Months], a sequence of fourteen sonnets celebrating the military and courtly valor of his fellow knights who belonged to the powerful Tuscan Guelf League. This poetic composition is modeled upon the Provençal plazer, a traditionally rustic lyrical genre that celebrates the pleasures of life. Folgore is indeed renowned for having successfully adapted the Provençal genre to Italian lyric, and…

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Citation: Applauso, Nicolino. "Folgore da San Gimignano". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2021 [, accessed 11 December 2023.]

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