Civic piety and patriotism: Patrician humanists and Jews in Venice and its empire

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Abstract

This article focuses on the contribution of anti-Jewish themes to political ideals and reality in the works of two leading Venetian patrician humanists – Ludovico Foscarini (1409-80) and Paolo Morosini (1406-ca.1482). This article demonstrates that their literary attacks on Jews were shaped by classical, patristic, medieval, and humanist texts, and by the experience of service to the state. It also demonstrates that their work contributed to debates about the toleration of Jews in Venetian territory and can be linked to the humanist engagement with Judaism at a critical point for both phenomena in the fifteenth century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1257-1295
JournalRenaissance quarterly
Volume69
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2016

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