Table of contents for Doctors, ambassadors, secretaries : humanism and professions in Renaissance Italy / Douglas Biow.

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Introduction: Humanism and Professions in Renaissance Italy                                              1
1. Petrarch's Profession and His Laurel                          27
2. Three Reactions to Plague: Marvels and Commonplaces in Medicine and Literature    47
3. Fracastoro as Poet and Physician: Syphilis, Epic, and the Wonder of Disease     71
4. Exemplary Work: Two Venetian Humanists Writing on the Resident Ambassador      101
5. The Importance and Tragedy of Being an Ambassador:
The Performance of Francesco Guicciardini                   128
6. Open Secrets: The Place of the Renaissance Secretary        155
7. The Secretarial Profession among Others: Tasso's Enabling Analogies    181