“It is good to have this fascinating little chronicle, which gives a lively firsthand account of Florentine history in the lifetime of Dante and Giotto, in a readable and . Dino Campagni’s classic chronicle gives a detailed account of a crucial period in the history of Florence, beginning about and ending in the first decade of. 2. CHRONICLE OF DINO COMPAGNI from God, who rules and governs throughout all ages. i. I.e. the division of the Guelf party in Florence into the Whites and.

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Corso Donati, later on one of the principal charac- ters in Dino’s history, was at this time Podesta of Pistoja. Where quotations from Dante’s works are fol- lowed by the letter n, it is to be understood that the notes in the Temple Classics Edition are re- ferred to.

The site of the battle is rather less than half-way down the Casentino. In Italy the Guelfs were nominally the supporters of the Pope, as protector of the rights of the Italian city-states. Musciatto or Mucciatto Franzesi was a Florentine merchant, who had enriched himself in France and acquired the dignity. Dino is an abridgement of Aldobrandino or Ildebrandino.

Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence by Dino Compagni

The Podesta therefore, being deceived, acquitted M. They were, in any case, bound by law to give a strict account of their administration at the end of their term of office.

Their enemies tyrannised over them very haughtily, and accused Giano and his followers of great arrogance, saying that he had caused discord in Pistoja, and burnt villages, and condemned many persons, when he was Captain there whereas he deserved praise for these things, seeing that he had punished the exiles and evil-doers who used to meet together without fearing So CHRONICLE OF DINO COMPAGNI the laws 3 ; and they said that in doing justice 4 he acted for the sake of tyranny.


Villani,” published by Constable.

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Ugo Altoviti, [and] M. This was accordingly done, and he went away. Against whom would ye fight? Vernaculars seem to receive a treatment consonant with their importance for English literature or their familiarity to English-speaking audiences.

Some of the Cerchi had been condemned in the matter of an affray between them and the Pazzi. Corso, believing he would be followed by the Cerchi, whom he meant to lead into the fray.

Some recommended the way by Valdarno, inasmuch as if they went by another, the Aretines might raid this district and burn the large houses of the Contado i.

Chroncile the dissension between them increased. Buondelmonte had committed a murder ; and his houses were destroyed in such circumstances that he was compensated for it afterwards. Then the Bishop, who was short- sighted, asked, ” What walls are those? Humberto rated it liked it Dec 19, For a man of that family committed an outrage in France against two sons of a well-known merchant, named THE FIRST BOOK 33 Ugolino Benivieni, for they had had words to- gether, in consequence of which one of the brothers was wounded by that member of the Galigai family, so that he died.

The word used [richiedere] implies a summons to florenve troops.

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Under this enactment a certain number of popolano families became Magnates in the statutory sense of being subject to the penalties and disabilities imposed by the Ordinances. Lis rated it it was ok Jul 12, The establishment or household of this Podesta con- sisted of 82 persons, including 10 doctors of law, 24 notaries, and 4 knights. Meanwhile in Florence new Priors were elected almost unanimously by both parties.


Here are some of the good ones. This enactment was subsequent to the Priorate of Giano, but its date is unknown. Compagni concludes his passionate tale with the leaders of the Blacks vanquished by divine punishment.

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The three books that comprise the chronicle weave the themes of honor, power, and divine justice into an impassioned narrative with a single, intense focus. Bindello had died on 15th of August in the year before ; but his name is not out of place here, for, as we have seen, the feud between Cerchi and Donati was of long standing, though it was only after the affray described in this chapter that it involved the whole population of Florence.

The fourteen citizens were styled Buonuomini good men. For me, fact is always better than fiction and sometimes way more fun…. Florence was now the most powerful state in Tuscany, a region which, since the famous bequest of the Countess Matilda, the Popes had to say the least considered to be within their sphere of influence: There were many speakers ; the secret ballot was taken ; the route by Casentino gained the majority, and notwithstanding it was the more doubtful and dangerous way, it turned out for the best.

Niccola was seized and sentenced to pay lire ; M.