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Three Renaissance scholars offer informal presentations about delving into the many treasures of Library Special Collections.
Lorenza Iannacci and Sara Torres are both recipients of Ahmanson Research Fellowships in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, which are supported jointly by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and UCLA Library Special Collections. Lorenza’s work in the Orsini Family Papers, studying property and feudal rights of Napoleone I Orsini, count of Manoppello, is part of a larger project at the University of Bologna to define the feudal geography of Abruzzi during the Angevin Age, 1266-1442. Lorenza has a Ph.D. in Medieval History from the University of Bologna, where she collaborates with faculty on the teaching of paleography and diplomatics, one of her many areas of scholarly expertise. Sara will discuss her research on Rouse MS 49, a genealogical roll chronicle of the kings of England, and her special interest in how these rolls represent dynastic rupture and succession crises in the English royal line during the Wars of the Roses. Sara is completing a dissertation on dynastic internationalism in the late Medieval and Early Modern periods, and is also an avid participant in Environmental and Digital Humanities projects here on campus.
As Library Visiting Scholar and Bourbon Papers Archivist, Orietta Filippini is processing and organizing the Bourbon del Monte di San Faustino family archive, a treasure trove of information on Italian social history, and Renaissance geography, literature, paleography, economics and law. Orietta has completed two doctorate degrees: one in history from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, and the other in historical sciences from the Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici at the University of San Marino. She is also the author of numerous scholarly publications, including La coscienza del re: Juan del Santo Tomas, confessore di Filippo IV di Spagna and Memoria della Chiesa, memoria dello Stato: Carlo Cartari (1614-1697) e l’archivio di Castel Sant’Angelo.
Professor Francesco Borghesi from the University of Sydney analyzes the diffusion and the political and religious use of the idea of concord during the Italian Renaissance. Particular attention is devoted to the contribution of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola’s thought to the conceptualization of this idea, and to the formulation of concord as a concept opposed to that of tolerance.
Gillian Gower presents her work "On Earth As It Is In Heaven: Musical Mirrors and the Public Images of Medieval Queens." The Medieval Research Group, sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, is an interdisciplinary working group designed for graduate students, junior faculty, and regional scholars to congregate, eat, drink, talk and offer constructive feedback on pre-circulated works-in-progress (conference papers, article drafts, dissertation chapters, etc.). Contact: email@example.com