By Robert Black
This is often the 1st biography of 1 of the exceptional humanists of the fifteenth-century Renaissance. Benedetto Accolti's pursuits ranged from rhetoric, humanism and Italian poetry to Roman legislations, from historic proposal and medieval antiquarianism to the crusades and church heritage, and his paintings as a pupil, writer and historian is positioned in a large context stretching from antiquity to the eighteenth century. The highbrow, political and fiscal milieu of Accolti's local urban of Arezzo, missed in smooth scholarship, is explored, and the significance of Accolti's profession as chancellor of Florence, his function in bringing the hot studying to the chancery and his paintings as an administrative reformer are famous for the 1st time. Florence's reaction to the Turkish threat and contribution to papal crusading efforts are reinterpreted, and new information about Accolti's connections with prime Florentine patricians is dropped at mild.
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Michele and Grazia were not subject to Aretine taxation as late as 3 0 April 1408 (cf. ASA, Daz. 4 6 , passim) but were included among Aretine taxpayers after 1 July 1409 (cf. , 47, fol. 171r). ASF, Cat. 2 0 1 , fol. 768r-v; BMF, A 135, fol. 119r-127r. Similarly the Aretine Simo d'Ubertino, having emigrated to Pisa in the Aretine troubles of the 1380s, returned to Arezzo in 1385: cf. Cherubini, Signori, 334. The Accolti family 29 property there, and Michele quickly married a member of a prominent Aretine family.
Di decretali': cf. ASF, Cat. 2 0 1 , fol. 359r. ASA, PdB, 3 , fol. 577r: et in tucto fr'amendoi [the households of Michele and his brother Grazia] 'anno bocche quindici tutte de' inutili se non e Messer Michele e la schiava. , 5 7 4 v - 5 7 5 r ; ASA, Cat. 3 , fol. 212r-213r. ASF, Cat. 2 7 3 , fol. 23r. ASA, PdB, 3 , fol. 5 7 5 r - 5 7 7 r ; ASA, Cat. 3 , fol. 2 0 8 r - 2 1 1 r ; ASF, Cat. 2 0 1 , fol. 3 5 5 v - 358v. 28 Benedetto Accolti Casentinese. Michele's lands in Bagnena and Pontenano were typical of the hills of the Casentino - mainly meadow, forest and vineyard, with a small proportion of arable land, whereas his property in Tulliano, Lorenzano and Poggibaldi resembled most farms in the Val d'Arno Casentinese, with a high proportion of arable land.
A. A 6 4 , fol. 17v, 19r, 85r; A 65, fol. l r . ASF, Cap. 5 2 , fol. 49r. Pontenano had become a feudwn of the Aretine c o m m u n e in 1 2 5 6 : cf. Pasqui, Documenti, ii, 3 0 6 - 9 ; Cherubini, Signori, 6 8 . ASF, Mss. 3 4 8 , fol. 13v; Marzi, 2 3 0 ; B N F , PG, 16; A C A , 6 0 2 , p. , 6 0 4 , fol. , 6 0 5 , fol. , 6 1 0 , fol. lOr; ASA. N o t . A . G 8 3 7 ( 1 3 5 2 - 4 ) , fol. 89r; ASF, P r o w . 3 3 , fol. 126v; 3 4 , fol. 9 3 v - 9 4 r . For the last t w o references I am indebted t o Dr J.