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Born in Milan, Weiss began his studies in Italy but moved to England as a young man in 1926 to continue his education , but because of his dislike for the fascist regime, settled in Henley-on-Thames and received help and support from the writer John Buchan to pursue his studies at Oxford. He was naturalized in 1934. With a break for his military service 1942-1945, he taught at the University College, London from 1941 until his death, from 1946 as Professor of Italian.
A pioneer in the study of early humanism, the first book of Weiss, Humanism in England during the Fifteenth Century (1941, several later editions) was the first work to treat the subject of the influence of Italian humanism on England. His last book, the posthumously published The Renaissance discovery of classical antiquity (1969) was an examination of the antiquarian studies of the renaissance humanists themselves, beginning with Petrarch and ending with the sack of Rome in 1527. He also made important contributions to the study of individual humanists.
Weiss was known for the conciseness of his writing, and was described as not one of those academics who waffles. He stated that he could have turned each of the last ten chapters of The Renaissance discovery of classical antiquity into its own book. His wife Eve, an English teacher, ensured the correctness of his English grammar and flow.
Weiss was a corresponding member of the Istituto Veneto , the Academia Patavina , the Arcadia, the Accademia Petrarca , the Accademia dei Sepolti , the Accademia degli Incamminati and the Mediaeval Academy of America . He was shortly before his death awarded the Serena Medal for Italian Studies by the British Academy.
According to the obituary in The Times, the Italian department at the UCL "developed into one of the most flourishing centres of Italian scholarship outside Italy" under his leadership. The Times also called him "a vital link in Anglo-Italian cultural relations". The obituary in the mediaevalist journal Speculum called him "one of the most learned and productive scholars of his generation".
Roberto Weiss died from a heart attack 9 August 1969 in Reading, Berkshire. He left a large collection of Roman and Greek coins and medals to the Fitzwilliam Museum. His personal library now forms an important part of the History of Art collection at the University of Warwick library.
Published works (selection)
A bibliography of Weiss' works was published by Conor Francis Fahy & John D. Moores: "A list of the publications of Roberto Weiss, 1906-1969", in Italian studies, vol. 29 (1974), pp. 1-11.
- Humanism in England during the Fifteenth Century (1941; 2nd ed. 1957, 3rd ed. 1967)
- The dawn of humanism in Italy (1947; Italian edition: Il Primo secolo dell’umanesimo, 1949), ISBN 0838300804
- Un umanista veneziano: Papa Paulo II (1958)
- The medals of Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484) (1961)
- The Renaissance discovery of classical antiquity (1969) ISBN 0631116907
- Medieval and humanist Greek : collected essays (1977)
- Illustrium imagines: Incorporating an English translation of Nota ISBN 0934352054
- Astrik Gabriel, Paul Oskar Kristeller and Kenneth Setton, "Roberto Weiss" (obituary), Speculum 1971, p. 574 f (online with JSTOR subscription).
- Obituary in The Times, Thursday, Aug 14, 1969; pg. 10; Issue 57638; col F (online with subscription).
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