Abstract

The fall of Negroponte to the Turks in 1470 was one of the first events in European history to be recorded in print. This article examines a little-known cluster of more than a dozen texts published in the months after the colony's fall by some of the earliest printers to work in Italy. These editions did not "break" the news to the Italian public but rather offered analysis and commentary to an already well-informed readership. Some catered to contemporary demands for vernacular political poetry, while others now reveal the extent to which Italian humanists attached themselves to the printing industry in its earliest years, often with ambiguous results.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0236
Print ISSN
0034-4338
Pages
pp. 440-480
Launched on MUSE
2008-03-27
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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