The Origins of the Legend of Romeo and Juliet in Italy

@article{MooreTheOO,
  title={The Origins of the Legend of Romeo and Juliet in Italy},
  author={O. Moore},
  journal={Speculum},
  volume={5},
  pages={264 - 277}
}
THE powerful families of Montague and Capulet, who figure in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, never resided in Verona, and in fact never existed at all. Contrary to the general impression, the term Montecchi the Italian equivalent of 'Montagues' like the term Cappelletti (Cappellini), meaning 'Capulets,' was the nickname of a political band or faction, not the name of a private family.1 For the early history of the Montecchi, the most comprehensive and probably the most reliable source is… Expand
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