The History of Italy (1549)

The History of Italy (1549)

The History of Italy (1549)

The History of Italy (1549)

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This abridgment includes all of Thomas' own observations of and information about the Italy of his time. It omits the lengthy summaries of ancient and medieval history which he compiled from the chronicles and which have long been superseded. Thomas' knowledge of contemporary Italian history is also inadequate, but it is important as giving an English view of the Italy that he was introducing to English readers. Our edition, therefore, in retaining 162 of the 445 pages of the original, contains the essential parts of Thomas' book.

In accordance with the practice of this series, the spelling of English and Italian words, including the names of persons and places, has generally been modernized. Thomas' sprinkling of Latin and Italian words throughout his text has generally been respected, except that an occasional Latin form, such as Bononia and Placentia, has been replaced for the sake of clarity by the Italian form, here Bologna and Piacenza, and the family which he calls the Veranei becomes the Varani.

The text used is that of the Folger copy. Its editing owes much to the care and skill of Miss Ellen C. Eyler of the Folger staff.

G. B. P.

Queens College, New York December 11, 1962 . . .

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