Marcello Simonetta (Yale Ph.D. 2001) is Professor of European Political History at Sciences Po and at the American University of Paris. His interests are in the political and diplomatic history of late fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Italy. He has authored several books, among which “Rinascimento segreto. Il mondo del Segretario da Petrarca a Machiavelli” (FrancoAngeli, Milan: 2004), “The Montefeltro Conspiracy” (Doubleday, New York: 2007, translated in four languages) and “Volpi e Leoni. I Medici, Machiavelli e la rovina d’Italia” (Bompiani, Milan: 2014). He has also published many scholarly articles and edited sources in Renaissance literary, historical and diplomatic history. Currently he is working on a new book on the relationship between Italy and France between the 1530s and the 1550s.