Fifty new volumes from the Mediceo del Principato archival collection are available to be consulted digitally on bia.medici.org. These filze – comprising thousands of letters – are drawn from the Carteggio Universale of Cosimo I, letters sent to the duke and his inner most circle. As such, they provide a precious insight into the highest level of Medici diplomacy and politics from October 1540 to July 1554. All registered users of BIA now have free online access (search for a volume listed below using the advanced search tool), and in the coming weeks we will be adding additional metadata to help make these newly digitized volumes more accessible.
Should you stumble across anything interesting, unknown or unexpected in the letters that you would like to bring to our attention, please write to Dr. Samuel M. Gallacher, Assistant Director of the Medici Archive Project (firstname.lastname@example.org)