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Despite Sarrocchi’s promise, however, her correspondent’s name does not appear in the 1623 edition of the Scanderbeide, likely a casualty of Galileo’s conflict with the Church and the potential implications for those associated with him. THE CONTROVERSY OVER GALILEO’S “MEDICEAN STARS” Sarrocchi’s offer to write Galileo into the Scanderbeide was not the only way in which she could repay him for his editorial help. Her letters reveal that Galileo, for his part, also sought protection of a sort from Sarrocchi.

Such a disengagement was almost certainly behind the decision of Valerio, with whom Sarrocchi was accustomed to read and discuss Galileo’s works, to attempt to withdraw from the Accademia dei Lincei. It is also possible, of course, that Sarrocchi’s correspondence with Galileo did continue and that the remaining letters have not yet been found (Valerio’s letters to Galileo, for instance, continue up to at least 1614146). However, as we have seen, Sarrocchi carefully negotiated the fine line between scientific curiosity and Catholic doctrine.

Her letters reveal that Galileo, for his part, also sought protection of a sort from Sarrocchi. Five of Sarrocchi’s seven letters to Galileo refer to her efforts to defend him against those who doubted his discoveries or to her offers to read and promote his works. 100 That Sarrocchi and Valerio were connected to several of the most important scientific and literary academies in Rome was surely not lost on their Tuscan correspondent. However, it was not only their stature in the scientific disciplines but also their capabilities as writers that made Sarrocchi and Valerio such important allies for Galileo.

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