Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo

Notes on participle clauses in Guicciardini's «Storia d'Italia»

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Keywords: Dependent Clauses; Conception of Reality; Historiography in Italian Renaissance.

This study examines a syntactical structure which is typical of the works of Francesco Guicciardini, especially of his "Storia d'Italia": participle clauses. The author studies two chapters of the book investigating two main groups of such clauses: conjunctive participial constructions and absolute participial constructions. The number of different dependent clauses which so often come before the main clause in Guicciardini's sentence- building is closely related to his efforts to express the complexity of historical events.

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