Traveling Political Knowledge: Remarks on the Fortune of Giovanni Francesco Commendone’s Discorso Sopra la Corte di Roma

This article illustrates an unknown page in the fortunes of Giovanni Francesco Commendone’s (1524–84) Discorso sopra la corte di Roma. The analysis starts from the first circulation of the text in Roman circles. It then follows the work’s journey from Rome to the library of one of the most important universities of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Akademia Zamojska. Here the treatise was read along with a small selection of Italian political writings, informing and influencing the scions of the future Polish ruling class.

AUTHOR: Valentina Lepri

Published in: Central European Cultures III, 2 (2023):18-37