“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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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Dino Compagni’s chronicle of Florence. Certain discrete motifs or propositions are traced, usually from classical sources, through authoritative patristic formulations, into a wider Latin and vernacular dissemination in the twelfth to fifteenth centruies.

Hence the Anglo-Saxon and Middle English texts are treated thoroughly and the Latin authors, especially those of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, well. Vernaculars seem to receive a treatment consonant with their importance for English literature or their familiarity to English-speaking audiences. Thus French is covered much more fully than German and Italian is represented almost entirely by Dante and Petrarch. Pictorial material is included, though there is a much fuller treatment of this in the recent book by Elizabeth Sears, The Ages of Man.

Questions of selectivity aside, there remains a doubt about the value of massing examples of similar, or even contrasting, thoughts over the centuries. As we range freely from Aristotle to Beowulfto Dante to Dives et Pauper and back to Bede, a suspicion grows that perhaps there is no historical pattern or direction to be found.

The impression builds up that we are being treated to an intellectual smorgasbord whose ingredients are much the same for men of classical antiquity or of the Renaissance and there is, for this topic, no good reason to mark a division at Perhaps, indeed, this is the lesson we learn: A completely different history ofthe medieval Ages of Man could, of course, be written, one which would look at the social history of rifes depassage, concepts of coming of age, changing ages at marriage, the knighting of young men, legal capacities and incapacites and the vernacular terminoiogy of age.


Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence | Daniel E. Bornstein

This dijo history would be more varied, more lively and more closely bound to human experience than the history of motifs that Burrow has so impressively drawn. To this bookish culture The Ages ofMan is a sympathetic guide.

Dino Compagni lived during one of the most tumultuous periods in Florentine history. In the years aroundFlorence was besieged by a bloody political factionalism so divisive that not even the powerful bonds of kinship could bridge its deep rifts.

Compagni chronicles the conflicts between magnates and the lesser popokni, the escalating violence between Guelfs and Ghibellines, and the splintering of Guelfs into Whites and Blacks, His narrative is far more than a record of the petty power struggles of a central Italian city- state, however, for Compagni reveals in his intricate narrative how local and regional politics became embroiled with the international affairs of popes, florencee and emperors.

Barred from political office until death claimed him inOg used his enforced silence to reflect on the events that caused his expulsion, much like the response of another Florentine compatriot, Niccolo Machiavelli, two centuries later. The chronicle is the product of that reflection, begun nearly ten years after the fact. 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.

Unlike Giovanni Villani, Compagni does not interest himself in the profusion ofdaily activities. Instead, he limits his examination to the factional conflicts that engulfed the city at the end of the thirteenth century.


Compagni recounts the rise and subsequent fall of his hero, Giano della Bella, who was instrumental in passing a new set of comprehensive statutes for the city in Beginning with the entry of Charles of Valois into Italy, Compagni details the increasingly factionalized and violent climate, the ineffective response of the priors that led to dibo expulsion, and the emergence of the Black Guelphs as leaders of Florence after He offers thumbnail character sketches of such important players as Corso Donati and Donato Alberti, and he takes on a moralizing tone when vilifying the leaders of the Blacks for their deceitfulness.

The book ends with the paradoxical alliance between White Guelphs clorence Ghibellines firmly cemented by their mutual hatred of the Blacks. ddino

In Book III, the theme of divine justice emerges with greater vigor. Compagni concludes his passionate tale with the leaders of the Blacks vanquished by divine punishment. The footnotes are quite helpful in clarifying obscure references and in adding supplementary information without encumbering the text, although scholars of the period will still need to consult the full apparatus in the Italian editions by Isidoro Del Lungo and Gino Luzzato.

Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence

A Serious Proposal to the Ladies pleads for better education for women, and for the foundation of institutions where single women could live together. Some Reflections upon Marriage argues djno although wives have a duty to obey their husbands, women are not naturally inferior to men, but are their equals. Remember me on this computer.

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