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Thomas Cohen

Thomas Cohen is a professor of history at York University in Toronto. He writes on the cultural and political anthropology of Renaissance Rome and its rural hinterland.

In 1617, Ottaviano Bon went to France as one of two Venetian ambassadors charged with negotiating a peace with the Habsburg archdukes of Graz. Having made concessions beyond their instructions, both envoys were censured on their return to Venice. The next year the two men prepared official reports, or relazioni, justifying their conduct in the name of high principles of statecraft. Then Bon,...

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