VI People in Portrait, 47 Alberico Gentili (1552–1608)
Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters
- Ancient Times to 1648 — Use of force, war, peace and neutrality
Alberico Gentili was born in 1552 in San Ginesio in the Papal States, and after studying civil law in Perugia, he lived as city attorney in that town. Suspected of heresy, he fled in 1579 to the Holy Roman Empire and settled in 1580 in London, starting a new career as attorney. Here he was introduced to Robert Dudley, and under his protection he began teaching in 1581 at St John College in Oxford, where he was appointed regius professor in 1587. In Oxford, Alberico Gentili wrote a large number of works, which can be divided in four main groups. The first group...