The swashbuckling, philosophical alchemist — The Renaissance Mathematicus

Characters like the restless Kenelm Digby (1603–1665) contributed to the exchange of knowledge within Early Modern Europe and it may well be that Durastanti and her circle of friends knew of this adventurer between cultures who was probably seen as a representive of England in continental Europe just before the 1685 generation was born. HENCE, […]

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Orlando Furioso through the eyes of an early reader

There was one work that connected artistic minds around 1700 and this was Orlando furioso, a Renaissance collection of fantasy tales that had readers for many centuries to come and was – I am convinced – enjoyed by young Margherita and her later colleagues when they were in their teenage years. The female knights must have had a special fascination for girls…

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Hippogriffs in flight, with St Andrews, home of the Scottish court and Ginevra beneath. Detail from woodcut for canto 4 (Sp Coll q2) Hippogriffs in flight, with St Andrews, home of Ginevra and the Scottish court, beneath. Detail from woodcut for canto 4 (Sp Coll q2)

Titlepage of the 1558 Furioso, with early (17th century?) autograph "T.(?) Coke". (Sp Coll q2) Titlepage of the 1558 Furioso, with early (17th century?) autograph “T.(?) Coke”. (Sp Coll q2)

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the first publication of Ariosto’s epic chivalric fantasy poem, Orlando Furioso. In this guest blogpost Simona Nisticò, a Language and Literature Master’s student from the University of Perugia on Erasmus placement at the University of Glasgow Library, discusses a particularly interesting sixteenth-century copy of the work held by Special Collections.

“The Furioso is a unique book, and can be – or should I say, must be? – read without reference to any other book either before it or after. It is a universe of its own that one can travel the length and breadth of, going in, coming out again, and losing oneself in.” Italo Calvino

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Who is who around 1700

You are probably asking now: Who is Margherita Durastanti? Well, as I write my doctoral thesis on her, you will have to wait a while for a detailed answer of mine. Once the thesis is done, you will see her life unfold in stories and plays. In the meantime, let’s discover the intellectual world, in […]

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Konzept zum Film „Amalie“

© Anita Sikora Die wie folgt vorgestellte Handlung basiert auf Tatsachen (Zeiten und Orte), enthält aber natürlich überwiegend fiktionale Elemente, die aber plausibel erscheinen. Amalie Eberlin, Tochter des Komponisten Daniel Eberlin, war Hofdame/Kammerjungfer der Anna Maria von Sachsen-Weißenfels, und es ist wahrscheinlich, aber (noch) nicht erwiesen, dass sie diese Rolle schon um die Zeit um […]

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