The aim of this paper is to show the influence exercised by the Venetian patrician Gasparo Contarini on the maturation of the Tudor humanist Thomas Starkey’s political thought. The two men belonged to the same circle of intellectuals who gravitated around the Paduan residence of Reginald Pole in the 1520s and early 1530s. The oligarchical republicanism of Contarini’s "De magistratibus et republica Venetorum" finds a prominent place among the sources that contributed to the formulation of the proposal for constitutional reorganization contained in Starkey’s best-known text, "A Dialogue between Pole and Lupset", one of the major treatises of sixteenth-century English humanist political thought. The paper analyses in particular the importance of the Venetian political system celebrated by Contarini for those pages of Starkey’s work devoted to the measures required to remedy the crisis afflicting the Kingdom of England and to avoid the risk of a tyrannical degeneration of its government, through the establishment of a mixte state. But it also focuses on some points of convergence between the two authors concerning ecclesiological matters.

A Detail from the Portrait of the ‘pole circle’: Thomas Starkey and Gasparo Contarini / S. Simonetta. - In: IL PENSIERO POLITICO. - ISSN 0031-4846. - 53:3(2020), pp. 315-342.

A Detail from the Portrait of the ‘pole circle’: Thomas Starkey and Gasparo Contarini

S. Simonetta
2020

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to show the influence exercised by the Venetian patrician Gasparo Contarini on the maturation of the Tudor humanist Thomas Starkey’s political thought. The two men belonged to the same circle of intellectuals who gravitated around the Paduan residence of Reginald Pole in the 1520s and early 1530s. The oligarchical republicanism of Contarini’s "De magistratibus et republica Venetorum" finds a prominent place among the sources that contributed to the formulation of the proposal for constitutional reorganization contained in Starkey’s best-known text, "A Dialogue between Pole and Lupset", one of the major treatises of sixteenth-century English humanist political thought. The paper analyses in particular the importance of the Venetian political system celebrated by Contarini for those pages of Starkey’s work devoted to the measures required to remedy the crisis afflicting the Kingdom of England and to avoid the risk of a tyrannical degeneration of its government, through the establishment of a mixte state. But it also focuses on some points of convergence between the two authors concerning ecclesiological matters.
Venice; mixed state; english humanism; republicanism; vita activa
Settore M-FIL/06 - Storia della Filosofia
Settore M-FIL/08 - Storia della Filosofia Medievale
Settore SPS/02 - Storia delle Dottrine Politiche
Settore SPS/01 - Filosofia Politica
Dipartimenti di Eccellenza 2018-2022 - Dipartimento di FILOSOFIA
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