Dr Stefano Dall'Aglio

Visiting Research Fellow

Home Institution: Italian Studies-School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies, University of Leeds


Visiting Research Fellow, September - December 2016


Stefano Dall’Aglio is a religious, political and social historian of Renaissance Italy. He has held fellowships at Villa I Tatti-The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation of Geneva, the Newberry Library of Chicago, the Medici Archive Project in Florence, and the USTC Project at the University of St Andrews. In the past four years he was research fellow at the University of Leeds in the ERC project Italian Voices – Oral Culture, Manuscript and Print in Early Modern Italy 1450-1700. He has published several books on political and religious dissent in Renaissance Florence and Italy, with a specific focus on the Italian preacher Girolamo Savonarola and sixteenth-century Savonarolism. His latest book, The Duke’s Assassin. Exile and Death of Lorenzino de’ Medici, was published by Yale University Press in 2015 and won the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize awarded by the American Historical Association.


Sermons, Orality and Writing in Early Modern Italy

Dr Dall’Aglio is currently working on a monograph entitled Reading the Preacher’s Voice. Sermons, Orality and Writing​ in Early Modern Italy, to be published by Oxford University Press. The book focuses on the orality of early modern Italian preachers, and the relationship between their spoken and written sermons. It aims to investigate the oral message that preachers delivered to their audiences in churches and public squares in relation to its handwritten and printed versions, with a special attention to the performative dimension of preaching. The book stems from the research undertaken at the University of Leeds in the Italian Voices project.