Helen & Howard R. Marraro Prize Recipients
The American Historical Association’s Marraro Prize is one of three annual awards for the best book or article 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 in Italian history in any epoch, in Italian cultural history, or in Italian American relations. All submissions must be the work of resident citizens of the United States or Canada.
2016 Marraro Prize
Stefano Dall’Aglio, Univ. of Leeds and Donald Weinstein, translator
The Duke’s Assassin: Exile and Death of Lorenzino de’ Medici (Yale Univ. Press)
Plumbing archives from Florence to Venice to Simancas, 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.