Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 November 2018
In 1553, six years before Tasso first began to sketch the poem that was to become the Gerusalemme liberata, the Catholic monarchs Philip II and Mary Tudor acceded to the throne of England, after the Protestant reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI. The event was celebrated in an encomiastic oration, De restituta in Anglia religione ("On the restoration of religion in England"), by the minor Modenese humanist, Antonio Fiordibello. In one passage Fiordibello searches for a precedent to the achievement of the new English rulers.
This essay revises and considerably expands an earlier version, "Argillano's Revolt and the Politics of the Gerusalemme liberata," in Renaissance Studies in Honor of Craig Hugh Smyth (Florence, 1985), 1:455-464.