Dr Stefano Dall'Aglio

Dr Stefano Dall'Aglio

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Italian Studies

Summary: Religious and political history of Renaissance Italy; religious and political dissent in Florence

Location: Michael Sadler Building

Overview

Biography

I am an early modern historian, born and raised in Rome. I received my PhD in the History of Early Modern Europe from the University La Sapienza (Rome) in 2003, where I later taught a course on Early Modern History. I have held fellowships at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the Institut d'Histoire de la Réformation of Geneva, the Newberry Library of Chicago, the Medici Archive Project in Florence, and the USTC Project at the University of St Andrews. I have given invited papers and lectures in many places, including Oxford, Cambridge, London (Institute of Historical Research), York, Edinburgh, Lyon, Lille, Strasbourg, Valencia, Florence (Istituto del Rinascimento), and Rome (American Academy, Accademia dei Lincei). I am a member of the RSA (Renaissance Society of America), the SRS (Society for Renaissance Studies), the SHS (Social History Society), and the advisory board of the Italian journal Memorie domenicane. I am also a member or the COST Action IS 1301 New Communities of Interpretation: Contexts, Strategies and Processes of Religious Transformation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. In 2013 I obtained the qualification ('abilitazione nazionale') as Associate Professor of early modern history for the Italian universities.  

My research has focused on the religious and political history of Renaissance Italy, and more specifically on religious and political dissent in Florence. My early research concentrated on Girolamo Savonarola and the circulation of his legacy in the sixteenth century, not only in Tuscany and Italy but also in France. More recently my interest has shifted to other aspects of political and religious dissent in Tuscany. This has resulted in a series of publications on Lorenzino de' Medici, the assassin of the first Duke of Florence Alessandro de' Medici, and on the activities of the Florentine Republican exiles. My latest book lies at the intersection of several topics and disciplines. These include: political opposition and propaganda, exile in early modern Europe, history of diplomacy, history of violence, and history of the historiography.

I have been working in Leeds since 2011 in the project Italian Voices (Oral Culture, Manuscript and Print in Early Modern Italy 1450-1700), funded by the ERC and directed by Professor Brian Richardson. Within the project my interest lies on the religious aspect. I am working on preaching between spoken and written in early modern Italy and my book on this topic has been accepted by Oxford University Press. I am particularly interested in preachers' performances before their audience, in the transformation of a sermon before and after the delivery, and in the differences between the oral text recited in the church and its many written versions, both printed and handwritten. Part of my work deals with the investigation of preachers' orality in the trial records of the Archive of the Inquisition (Rome). 

Publications

Books

Edited volumes

  • Italian Voices. Orality and Writing in Early Modern Italian Society, with Brian Richardson and Massimo Rospocher (Farnham: Ashgate, Forthcoming).
  • Oral Culture in Early Modern Italy: Performance, Language, Religion, with Luca Degl'Innocenti, Brian Richardson, Massimo Rospocher, and Chiara Sbordoni, special issue of The Italianist, 34 (2014) .

Journal Articles

  • "Voices under Trial. Inquisition, Abjuration, and Preachers' Orality in Sixteenth-Century Italy", in Renaissance Studies (Forthcoming). Published online on 30/7/2015 (DOI: 10.1111/rest.12181).
  • "'Faithful to the Spoken Word.' Sermons from Orality to Writing in Early Modern Italy", in Oral Culture in Early Modern Italy: Performance, Language, Religion, special issue of The Italianist, 34 (2014): 463-477.
  • "Una voce dall'esilio. Trame politiche, paure e speranze nelle nuove lettere di Lorenzino de' Medici", in Paroles d'exil: Culture d'opposition et theorie politique au XVIe siecle, special issue of Laboratoire Italien, 14 (2014): 31-51.
  • "Il presunto colpevole: Giovan Francesco Lottini e l'assassinio di Lorenzino de' Medici", Rivista Storica Italiana, 121 (2009): 846-862.
  • "Nota sulla redazione e sulla datazione dell'Apologia di Lorenzino de' Medici", Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, 61 (2009): 233-241.
  • "Catarino contro Savonarola: reazioni e polemiche", Archivio Storico Italiano, 164 (2006): 55-127.
  • "L'altra faccia dello pseudoprofeta. Francesco da Meleto scrivano della SS. Annunziata di Firenze", Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, 67 (2005): 343-351.
  • "Bibliografia delle edizioni di Savonarola in Francia (1496-1601)", La Bibliofilia, 106 (2004): 3-45.
  • "L'inganno di Nostradamus. Sulla dipendenza dell'Epître à Cèsar dal Compendio di rivelazioni di Savonarola", Bruniana & Campanelliana, 9 (2003): 437-443.
  • "Une Dominicae precationis explanatio datée de 1537: première édition d'Etienne Dolet?", Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, 65 (2003): 631-640.
  • "Un breve scritto savonaroliano ritrovato: I quesiti rivolti a Zanobi Acciaiuoli", Archivio Storico Italiano, 160 (2002): 113-128.
  • "Riflessioni sulla figura di Benedetto di Paolo Luschino", Memorie Domenicane, 29 n.s. (1998): 453-483.
  • "Il Flagellum pseudoprophetarum di Cosimo Favilla: nota su un'opera antisavonaroliana del primo Cinquecento", Memorie Domenicane, 29 n.s. (1998): 441-451.

Book Chapters

  • "The Revenge of the Emperor: Rewriting the Story of Lorenzino de' Medici's Assassination", in A. Assonitis and B. Sandberg, eds., The Granducal Medici and their Archive (1537-1743) (Turnhout: Brepols, Forthcoming).
  • "'Everyone Worships Fra Girolamo as a Saint'. Savonarola's Presumed Sanctity in Sixteenth-Century Manuscripts and Prints", in A. Frazier, ed., The Saint between Manuscript and Print: Italy 1400-1600 (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2015): pp. 331-349.
  • "Savonarola e i camaldolesi. Convergenze e contrasti tra religione e politica", in C. Caby and P. Licciardello, eds., Camaldoli e l'ordine camaldolese dalle origini alla fine del XV secolo (Cesena, Centro Storico Benedettino Italiano, 2014): pp. 589-603.
  • "'Qui capitano tutte l'importantie delle cose'. Spie, informatori e ambasciatori medicei a Venezia nei primi anni del principato cosimiano", in S. Lo Re and F. Tomasi, eds., Varchi e altro Rinascimento. Studi offerti a Vanni Bramanti (Manziana, Vecchiarelli, 2013): pp. 313-326.
  • "Eresia e Inquisizione a Siena nel secondo Cinquecento: un nuovo documento su Marcantonio Cinuzzi", in M. Israels and L.A. Waldman, eds., Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors (Cambridge, MA-Florence, Villa I Tatti-Harvard University Press, 2013): II, pp. 292-297.
  • "Girolamo Savonarola e la sua riforma tra arte, denaro e rogo delle vanità", in T. Parks and L. Sebregondi, eds., Denaro e bellezza. I banchieri, Botticelli e il rogo delle vanità (Florence, Giunti, 2011): pp. 93-101. English version: "Girolamo Savonarola and his Dream of Reform: Art, Money and the Bonfire of the Vanities", in T. Parks and L. Sebregondi, eds., Money and Beauty. Bankers, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities (Florence, Giunti, 2011): pp. 93-101.
  • "Savonarola nelle edizioni di Sébastien Gryphe: il caso della Dominicae precationis explanatio", in R. Mouren, ed., Quid Novi? Sébastien Gryphe à l'occasion du 450e anniversaire de sa mort (Villeurbanne: Presses de l'enssib, 2008): 357-371.
  • "La ricezione di Savonarola in Italia e in Francia: politica, religione e profezia", in P. Benedict, S. Seidel Menchi and A. Tallon, eds., La Réforme en France et en Italie. Contacts, comparaisons et contrastes (Rome: Ecole Française de Rome, 2007): 205-222.
  • "Benedetto Luschino 'biografo' di Savonarola: il Cedrus Libani e i Vulnera diligentis", in D. Weinstein, J. Benavent and I. Rodriguez, eds., La figura de Jeronimo Savonarola y su influencia en España y Europa (Florence: Edizioni del Galluzzo per la Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, 2004): 131-150.
  • "Da Girolamo Savonarola a Tommaso Erasto. Itinerari di una polemica astrologica tra Firenze e Heidelberg", in Scritti in ricordo di Armando Saitta (Milan: Franco Angeli, 2002): 42-71.