The Italian Renaissance

Choose one topic listed below and create a 3000 words essay. Make sure all material you use in the essay, whether quoted, rephrased or even largely summerised, is appropriately acknowledged in the notes [author(s), year of publication, publishing house, city and relevant page numbers] and all sources are listed in the bibliography. You will have to use The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio as a reference. Other sources can be random. TOPICS: 1. What was the role of artistic and political patronage in the Medici “System”? 2. Machiavelli’s Prince and Castiglione’s Courtier are two different ways of responding to an identical historical situation. Comment. 3. The Prince is often seen as a guide to immoral behaviour. How would you interpret the work, especially in the broader context of what you have learned about the period in which it was written? 4. Castiglione’s third book is an impassioned plea for female liberation. Argue for or against this thesis, using the text as your evidence. 5. Whit specific references to the text (beyond the short stories we have read in class), what aspects of daily life are present in Boccaccios Decameron? 6. YOU, as Niccolo Machiavelli, have just written the Prince. Convince your potential government leader he/she should employ you based on its merit as well as your skills.
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