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Response to Review of The Renaissance in Italy: a Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento

I find Stephen Bowd's review of The Renaissance in Italy: A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento both thoughtful and generous.  Although at times it may stretch a bit to connect the book's arguments to broader issues or other major scholarly works, such attempts to rethink the period and its implications are precisely the goal of the work and my broader scholarly project over the years. Re-imagining the Italian Renaissance and moving it back to the center of contemporary discussion, entails just the type of interesting and creative thought that this review embodies; thus, while I may not always be comfortable with the conclusions drawn, I am pleased to see the exciting discussion of 2015 RSA panel in Berlin on the book continued with such sprezzatura and impressive virtù in this review.