Bernardo Tasso

(1493 - 1569)

Bernardo Tasso
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Bernardo Tasso (11 November 1493 – 5 September 1569), born in Venezia, was an Italian courtier and poet.

He was, for many years, secretary in the service of the prince of Salerno, and his wife Porzia de Rossi was closely connected with the most illustrious Neapolitan families. Their son, the great poet Torquato Tasso, was born at Sorrento in 1544.

During the boy's childhood the prince of Salerno came into collision with the Spanish government of Naples, was outlawed, and was deprived of his hereditary fiefs. Tasso shared in this disaster of his patron. He and his son were proclaimed rebels to the state.

Bernardo moved to Rome where his son joined him in about... more »

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