Leonardo Bruni

1370 - 1444

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Leonardo Bruni or Leonardo Aretino (c. 1370 – March 9, 1444) was an Italian humanist, historian and statesman, often recognized as the most important humanist historian of the early Renaissance. He has been called the first modern historian. He was the earliest person to write using the three-period view of history: Antiquity, Middle Ages, and Modern. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leonardo Bruni has received more than 313,790 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Leonardo Bruni is the 46th most popular historian (down from 38th in 2019), the 703rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 610th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Historian.

Leonardo Bruni was an Italian humanist and historian who was born in 1370 and died in 1444. He is most famous for his work on the history of Florence, which he wrote in Latin.

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Among historians, Leonardo Bruni ranks 46 out of 561Before him are Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani, Lucien Febvre, Samuel von Pufendorf, Erwin Panofsky, Euhemerus, and François Guizot. After him are Niketas Choniates, Aby Warburg, Henri Pirenne, Ernst Gombrich, Joseph Justus Scaliger, and Socrates of Constantinople.

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Among people born in 1370, Leonardo Bruni ranks 5Before him are Pope Gregory XI, Antipope John XXIII, Isabeau of Bavaria, and Olaf II of Denmark. After him are John VII Palaiologos, Gentile da Fabriano, Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, Lorenzo Monaco, Erasmo of Narni, William, Duke of Austria, and Švitrigaila. Among people deceased in 1444, Leonardo Bruni ranks 3Before him are Władysław III of Poland, and Robert Campin. After him are Olivera Despina, Bernardino of Siena, Mark of Ephesus, John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, Joseph Albo, Julian Cesarini, and Gianfrancesco I Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua.

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Among people born in Italy, Leonardo Bruni ranks 703 out of 5,161Before him are Giacinto Facchetti (1942), Pescennius Niger (135), Beatrice Cenci (1577), Francesco Guardi (1712), Charles Albert of Sardinia (1798), and Arnolfo di Cambio (1240). After him are Pope Stephen V (850), Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia (1759), Pope Theodore II (840), Britannicus (41), Claudia Octavia (40), and Quintus Sertorius (-126).


Among historians born in Italy, Leonardo Bruni ranks 5Before him are Livy (-59), Suetonius (70), Diodorus Siculus (-90), and Euhemerus (-330). After him are Marcus Velleius Paterculus (-19), Francesco Guicciardini (1483), Poggio Bracciolini (1380), Carlo Ginzburg (1939), Flavio Biondo (1388), Timaeus (-350), and Tyrannius Rufinus (345).