We are sorry to hear of the death of Mark Davie. A distinguished Italianist who taught at Liverpool and then Exeter, he was first a Dante scholar, known in particular for his work on the Fiore sonnets of the 1280s. Often overlooked, and not universally agreed to be by Dante, the Fiore retell the story of the Roman de la Rose in Italian vernacular. He specialized also in fifteenth-century chivalric romances and later became a Galileo scholar, translating his major works for World's Classics. Always a wide-ranging reader, though, he once began a chapter on Galileo's thinking about the Moon with a newspaper column by Italo Calvino at the time of the Apollo landings: it's in Jane Everson's Festschrift in Legenda. And he was himself honoured with a Festschrift, Intellectual Communities and Partnerships in Italy and Europe: Studies in Honour of Mark Davie, ed. by Danielle E. Hipkins (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012).

An early user of email, a contributor to the Year's Work in Modern Language Studies, and then Italian editor for the Modern Language Review, 2003-10, Mark is still remembered among the current committee of Trustees, and as Brian Richardson writes:

Mark was universally admired and beloved as the kindest and most generous of friends and colleagues as well as a distinguished Italianist. We were close friends throughout our careers.

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