Niccolo Degli Albizzi was a Renaissance-era Italian poet from a noble Florentine family. Little is known of his life and few of his works survive, but D.G Rossetti, the pre-Raphaelite poet and eager promoter of Italian literature, included this week’s poem in his The Early Italian Poets anthology, published in 1861. Though it exceeds the fourteen-line restrictions of a sonnet, its rhyming scheme and sentiment are clearly indebted to the sonnet style popularised by Albizzi’s contemporary, Petrarch.
The Rebecca riots were more than just a protest movement against the tolls. The concept of “Rebecca” still resonates in Wales to this day.