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Sue Roberts | Rich Archive, Struggling Family: Spinelli Generation of the Late 1500s

The Liber taxarum of Tomasso Spinelli, showing the arms of the family. Beinecke MS 850.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 3:00pm

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Room 38
121 Wall St.
New Haven, CT 06511

After describing the extraordinary extent of the Spinelli Archive, Sue Roberts will talk briefly about the prominence of the family in the Renaissance period and then focus in more detail on some of the dramas and apparent financial struggles of several members of the generation born in the 1560s and 1570s. How did the family manage to hang on to its patrimony and prestige?

Sue Roberts is the former Librarian for European and Commonwealth History at Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, and she is currently researching the history of the Spinelli family of Florence.

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