“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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The word translated “races” is palio, which, strictly speaking, meant a piece of velvet or brocade given as a prize to the winner, and was then by extension used of the race itself. Geri Spini and his kinsmen, on account of the wrong done [to chronicoe Cerchi]] ; M. The Aretines attacked the army so vigorously and with such force that the main body of the Florentines fell back some distance.

Dino passes over the attempt of the Magnates in this year to follow up the expulsion of Giano by overthrowing the government of the popolani see Villani, viii. I, Dino Compagni, being myself at this o, and desirous of unity and peace amongst the citizens, said before they departed: It befell in those days that M.

Jacopo of Certaldo, doctor of law ; Bernardo di M. And they bound the twenty-one Guilds to observe these laws, granting certain powers to the consuls of the Guilds After much hurt had been received in ancient times through the quarrels of the citizens, there arose in the said city one quarrel which caused such division among them that the two parties gave, one to the other, the two new hostile names of Guelfs and Ghibellines 2.

The famous poet and friend of Dante, so often mentioned compaagni Dante in his writings. Because the shorter way to Florence from Bologna lay further eastward, and passed through the Mugello or Valley 0: Ugo Altoviti, [and] M.


How- ever, for many years I excused myself from writing on the ground of my own incompetence, and in the belief that another would write: The Cerchi, kinsmen of M.

His son’s name was Guido. Mosca was the name of the man who gave this advice. The powerful citizens, who were not all noble by race, some being called Magnates accidentally 1tried many means of subduing the popolani, on account of the hatred they bore them. Doubts have accordingly been entertained as to the statement that the Florentine govern- ment sent any embassy to the Pope at this time, and par- ticularly as to the statement that Dante was a member of it.

Failing them the “Captains of the War ” would take their place. This chronicle, the fruit of his observation and reflection, studies the damage wrought by uncontrolled factional strife, the causes of conflict, the connections between events, and the motives of the participants.

In political affairs they occupied an intermediate position between the Magnates and popolani, sometimes being found on one side, sometimes on the other Salvemini, p.

The allusion is to the appointment of a committee as we should say of fourteen members chosen by the Signory and approved by the Council of the Hundred Men see Appendix II.

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And with the opposing party was another called M. To be chrlnicle from Vieri, son of Torrigiano dei Cerchi, the head of the party. Corso Donati, a powerful knight, sent some foot-soldiers to attack M. 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 duno 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, kings and emperors.

Hence ensued in the third war of the Florentines in Tuscany 5. The term popular government popolo just below is to be taken flprence a similarly limited sense.

The words ” rivalry for office ” refer to the Signory.


Giano was, however, the leader of the movement which resulted in this legislation, and this may very probably be the reason why Dino groups it all under his priorate cf.

Andrea’s office was at an end 1the White party elected M. And this aim, which was understood by many, caused great dis- pleasure, and accordingly a man of not much sense came forward and with a cross-bow shot a dart at the window of the Episcopal Palace where the Cardinal was which stuck in the woodwork ; and the Cardinal in fear departed thence, and went to dwell for greater safety at the house of M.

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The cause of the disagreement was that some of them wanted to get the Bishop’s fortresses, and especially Bibbiena, which was a fine fortress and strongly built, while others did not ; and they 3 were averse to the war, consider- ing the evil consequences which war involves. He was killed in the battle, as stated below I. Clorence footnotes compwgni 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.

He maligned Pacino Peruzzi, a man of good fame.

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But when the Uberti, a very noble and powerful family, kinsmen of M. They then decided to take Bibbiena themselves, and, like desperate men, prepared to do so without further deliberation. 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. Monfiorito was put into prison.

He promised office to many, and deceived them by these promises. And the words falsely spoken wrought more harm in Florence than the point of the sword.