Author: Malte Griesse

Workshop “Literature and History” 2013 – “Revolts and Backwardness”

Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg Konstanz (Bischofsvilla) Our research group on “Early Modern Revolts as Communicative Events” was constituted in mid-September 2013. It is situated in the framework of the Cluster of Excellence “Cultural foundations of integration” at Konstanz University. On October 1st Marcus Twellmann (German studies) organized...

Picture for discussion – earlier editions of Bisaccioni’s “Historia delle gverre civili”

The visual strategies found in the various editions of Bisaccioni’s book on civil wars reveal themselves in comparison to one another. Each of the editions known to us so far contains an individual frontispiece of considerably high artistic quality. Recurring elements and their deliberate re-contextualisations...

Picture for discussion – frontispiece to the 4th edition of Bisaccioni’s “Historia delle gverre civili” 1655

The engraving serves as frontispice in the 4th edition of Mailolino Bisaccioni’s Historia delle gverre civili de nostri tempi (History of civil wars of our times), published in 1655 in Venetia. The edition is dedicated to the Duke of Parma and Piacenza, Ranuccio II Farnese....

Early-modern revolts as commun

Early-modern revolts were cathartic events marked by communicative dynamism. Central questions of social justice and order that remained latent under ordinary circumstances were negotiated verbally and symbolically. Especially during bigger revolts and civil wars, threats and measures of deterrence could easily lose their impact on...