Washington, DC—Stefano Dall’Aglio has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Helen & Howard R. Marraro Prize for his book The Duke’s Assassin: Exile and Death of Lorenzino de’ Medici (Yale Univ. Press, 2015).
The Marraro Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the best book in Italian history or Italian-American relations. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 131st Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, January 5–8, 2017. “Plumbing archives from Florence to Venice to Simancas,” commented the Marraro Prize committee, “Dall’Aglio has dug up a trove of new documents and substantially revises a long accepted narrative regarding the murders by and of Lorenzino de’ Medici, ultimately switching responsibility for the latter from Duke Cosimo to Emperor Charles V. More than a careful correction of long held misconceptions, this is a gripping story of spies, international intrigue, and politics. The story is elegantly rendered in Weinstein’s fine translation.”
The Marraro Prize is one of three annual awards for the best book on Italy established by Howard R. Marraro (b. 1897), a historian of Italian culture. Marraro made bequests to the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies to allow each association to award a prize. The American Historical Association administers the competition for all three awards.
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