The Piacevoli Notti of Giambattista Casali: diplomats and fairy tales in early modern Italy

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TitleThe Piacevoli Notti of Giambattista Casali: diplomats and fairy tales in early modern Italy Author(S)Megan K. Williams (Author)
Abstract  Published at Venice between 1551 and 1553, Giovanfrancesco Straparola's collection of fairy tales, novelle, riddles and madrigals, Le piacevoli notti, proved a European best-seller. In the collection's loose framing narrative, set during carnival in 1530s Venice, the first tale of the final night is recounted by English ambassador to Venice, Giambattista Casali (c.1494/95–1536). Straparola's frametale has been read chiefly to illuminate the fairy tales; this article employs it to trace a set of elite Venetian social institutions and networks into which Casali successfully interpolated himself over the course of his 1526–35 embassy ...Paginationp 705-723
SubjectEurope -- HistoryDescriptorsRenaissance
Journal TitleRenaissance studies: Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies  
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