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Andrea Guidi

Laurea in Lettere (B.A., Humanities, University of Rome «La Sapienza»); PhD, Studies in Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance (University of Florence, Istituto di Studi Umanistici)

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Contact details

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
27 Russell Square
London
WC1B 5DQ

Email: a.guidi@bbk.ac.uk

Profile

  • Andrea Guidi has been Fellow of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici (2002/04); Assistant of the FNS, in the Italian Department of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland; and he has also been Fellow of Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in 2011/12.
  • He has an academic and research background in late medieval and renaissance Italian history. His research - based over the years on archival research - has primarily focused on Niccolò Machiavelli’s work in the Florentine chancery and on the chancery staff in the age of Machiavelli, but also on Renaissance military history.

Research and teaching

  • Introduction
  • My research has focused on Niccolò Machiavelli’s work in the Florentine chancery. My Ph.D study, in particular, focused on Machiavelli’s formative years, using a new methodological approach to examine his schooling, cultural apprenticeship, and political activism, the chancery environment, the political language of the ruling class, and Machiavelli’s diplomatic missions. Another aim of my research was to reconstruct his responsibility for the administration of the territory under the control of the Florentine Republic’s, and his work for the Florentine militia in 1506, which are the theoretical and practical basis of his military doctrine. Furthermore, I edited the fifth and seventh volumes of the series N. Machiavelli, Legazioni. Commissarie. Scritti di governo, which present autograph documentation of his activities in the Florentine chancery, dating 1506-1527.
  • I am also interested in political and military theories of the early sixteenth century in general. In 2011-12 I carried out extensive research on a subject of Florentine renaissance military history as a Fellow of Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.
  • Finally, above and beyond my interest in Machiavelli’s work in the Florentine chancery, my focus over the years has been on archival research. The chanceries were at the core of the administration and government of Italian city-states and the records they generated now form the most significant sections of Italian archives. I am currently working at Birkbeck on this topic as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the project AR.C.H.I.ves - A comparative history of archives in late medieval and early modern Italy, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (see link below)
  • Research interests
  • Machiavelli’s political and military theory and chancery experience
  • Archival research
  • Renaissance military history
  • Historiography of Florence
  • Teaching
  • As a Fellow of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, I have taught a seminar on Machiavelli’s Chancery experience.
  • As Assistant of the FNS, in the Italian Department of the University of Lausanne, I taught a seminar on the methodology of historical and literary research.
  • During my doctoral fellowship program in Florence, I delivered a seminar on the theme Machiavelli fra tradizione e innovazione.
  • As a Fellow of Villa I Tatti last year, I taught a seminar on the Florentine Republican Militia between 1527 and 1530.

Publications

  • Books
  • N. Machiavelli, Legazioni. Commissarie. Scritti di governo, V (1505-07), “National Edition of the Works”, ed. J.-J. Marchand, A. Guidi, and M. Melera-Morettini (Rome:  Salerno editrice, 2008).
  • A. Guidi, Un Segretario militante. Politica, diplomazia e armi nel Cancelliere Machiavelli, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Bologna:  Il Mulino, 2009).
  • N. Machiavelli, Legazioni. Commissarie. Scritti di governo VII (1510-27), “National Edition of the Works”, ed. J.-J. Marchand, A. Guidi, and M. Melera-Morettini (Rome:  Salerno editrice, 2011).
  • Articles and chapters
  • A. Guidi, “Due inediti dell’epistolario machiavelliano,” Annali dell’Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici XX (2003-04).
  • Id., “L’esperienza cancelleresca nella formazione politica di Niccolò Machiavelli,” Il Pensiero Politico XXXVIII/1 (2006).
  • Id., “L’esperienza di governo di Machiavelli e l’Ordinanza fiorentina,” Machiavelli senza i Medici: scrittura del potere / potere della scrittura 1498-1512, Acts of the International Conference, Lausanne 18-20 November 2004 (Rome:  Salerno editrice, 2006).
  • Id., “Machiavelli al tempo del sacco di Prato alla luce di sei lettere inedite a lui inviate,” Filologia e critica XXXI/2 (2006).
  • Id., “Machiavelli e la ‘setta saracina,’” I Fiorentini alle crociate, ed. S. Agnoletti and L. Mantelli, Intro. F. Cardini (Florence:  Edizioni della Meridiana, 2007).
  • Id., “Machiavelli fra tradizione e innovazione,” “Pigliare la golpe e il lione”.  Studi rinascimentali in onore di Jean-Jacques Marchand, ed. A. Roncaccia (Rome:  Salerno editrice, 2008).
  • Id., “’Esperienza’ e ‘qualità dei tempi’ nel linguaggio cancelleresco e in Machiavelli (con un’appendice di dispacci inediti di vari cancellieri e tre Scritti di governo del Segretario fiorentino),” Laboratoire italien IX (2009).

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