Biography of Bernardo Accolti (s. XVI)

Italian poet of the 16th century, whose celebrity made him take the nickname of Unico Aretino. The poems which are yours are much lower than the reputation enjoyed among his contemporaries. When it became known that he recited verses, shops were closed and the crowd came to hear him; I had to put guards at the gates, and an Assembly composed of the most wise men with the most distinguished prelates, frequently interrupted the poet with their applause. Leo X conferred upon Accolti the use of writer and Apostolic abreviador. Ariosto speaks of him in his fourth song, and a very considerate gentleman at the Court of Urbino.