"The characters jump off the page through portraits incised with a skewer. Seasoned with Rowland's witty, empathetic understanding of the period, The Scarith of Scornello glides the reader into every historical situation so that understanding it requires little effort and no previous experience. It is not easy to find scholars with the expertise adequate to examine the philosophical and social implications of literary forgery--and with an intact sense of humor and fun. Rowland has it in spades."--Walter Stephens, author of Demon Lovers
"Rowland's sparkling tale of forgery delivers entertainment of the highest order, regaling us with sly humor, limpid prose, delightful research, and acute historical observation. I read this book in a sitting."--Lauro Martines, author of April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici
"A fascinating, erudite book."—Spectator
(Sarah Bradford Spectator
"[An] entertaining account."--Chronicle of Higher Education
(Nina Ayoub Chronicle of Higher Education
"[A] dazzling piece of scholarship . . ."--Garry Wills, New York Times Book Review
(Garry Wills New York Times Book Review
"Rowland skillfully weaves her way through this long-forgotten controversy, framing it within the cultural and political struggles between Rome and Tuscany, and the larger intellectual debates of the period. At every turn she provides fascinating detail about the workings of the scholarly world . . . In a mere 150 pages . . .she summons up a world and an age."—William Grimes, New York Times
(William Grimes New York Times
"Rowland reconstructs the whole story with flair and zest."--Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times Book Review
(Merle Rubin Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Accessible to anyone who enjoys history . . . [a] small gem."--Library Journal, Starred Review
"[A] well-written and well-researched . . . diverting little book."--The Washington TImes
(Eric Wargo Washington Times
"[A] remarkable book . . . Rowland's account . . .has the verve of a good detective story."--New York Review of Books
(Joseph Connors New York Review of Books
"With consummate skill and learning, Rowland has used this sometimes hilarious but always engrossing story to anatomise a fascinating period in Italian cultural politics. Her lucid and accessible narrative also shows how the animated discussion of the contents of Inghirami's scarith helped to stimulate the genuine investigation of Etruscan civilisation that is still in progress today. For anyone with Etruscan or seventeenth-century Tuscan interests, reading this elegant book should have the beneficial effect of drinking a glass of the best Chianti."--Times Higher Education Supplement
(Times Higher Education Supplement
Honorable Mention, Scaglione Prize for Italian Literary Studies, Modern Language Association
(Modern Language Association Scaglione Prize for Italian Literary Studies
"Ingrid Rowland clearly shares Curzio's delight as she disentangles his web of forgeries, for this was an elegant and highly complex hoax -- and, in the era of the Inquisition, a brave one too. This is a fascinating and fresh perspective on Renaissance politics and society."--Stephen Butler, Daily Telegraph
(Stephen Butler Daily Telegraph
"[Rowland] immerses the reader in a delightful concoction of 17th-centurt antiquarian controversy and bibliographic intrigue. . . . A treasure for bibliophiles."
(College & Research Libraries News
"Rowland tells this story magnificently. This reviewer enjoyed her book more than any other he read in 2004."
(William J. Connell Renaissance Quarterly
"The Scarith of Scornello reads like an encyclopedia of Curzio's time. . . . Not only does Curzio's story come to life, but the world in which these events unfold, does so as well."
(Adriana Grimaldi Quaderni d'Italianistica
"Congratulations to Ingrid D. Rowland for her riveting book. . . . It is a real page-turner, a fantastic tale well told. . . . Rowland has performed a valuable service to anyone interested not just in the past, but in how people use the past to suit their own purposes and fulfill their desire for a significant, noble, or glorious history. As such, Rowland's book should be in the libraries of scientists, historians, and, in fact, anyone interested in science or history."
(Kenneth L. Feder Journal of Modern History