Camilla Russo

Connections between Latin and vernacular rhetoric in two manuscripts of Herzog August Bibliothek of Wolfenbüttel 

The relationships between rhetorical instruction and political life in Renaissance period have been well investigated, especially in the Anglo-Saxon area: important results were provided for example in the studies of Skinner 1989 and 2006; Minnis 1984; Grafton 1986; Brucker 1977 and Wieruszowski 1971. An interesting case study, still under-investigated by scholars, is the one of the Italian manuscripts of letters and speeches in the vernacular: produced in Florence especially in the 15th Century, these miscellaneous can be related to the vast background of the humanistic manuscripts of letters and speeches in Latin, also produced in the Quattrocento both in Italy and in other European countries.

Starting from two manuscripts of the Herzog-August Bibliothek of Wolfenbüttel (ms. Guelf. 301.1 Extr., produced in France in the second half of the XVth Century, and ms. Guelf. 338 Helmst, written in the same period in Ferrara by magister Giovanni da Carpi) I will investigate the connections between the two traditions, in order to define the modalities of their mutual influence and to highlight the interactions between several national literatures and cultures in the rhetorical practices during the humanistic period.