“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 Pope, at the petition of his bankers the Spini, and of his above-named friends and kinsmen, called upon M. There sat at that time in the seat rlorence S.

Compagni judges passionately and harshly. Vieri de’ Cerchi, with one of his sons, a knight, at his side, acquitted himself right well. And had the Priors acted on these principles it would have been of great benefit to the people.

Buondelmonte had committed a murder ; and his houses were destroyed in such circumstances that he was compensated for it afterwards. The phrase rendered “mounted citizens” means literally ” citizens liable to the cavallata,” i.

After the said victory, however, all the Guelfs did not return to Arezzo ; but some ventured to do so, and they were told that if they wished to remain there, they might do as they pleased.

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 hcronicle politics became embroiled with the international affairs of popes, kings and emperors.

These words are compagnni significant, as they show that the Tosinghi, a family of Magnates, had come to an under- standing with one of the most influential popolani. The name Cantino is a diminutive of Cante, which is short for Cavalcante.

Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence

The inexorable escalation of violence, as insult and reprisal led to arson and murder, provides the bitter content of Compagni’s story. Many who hitherto had been esteemed for their prowess proved cowards that day, and many distinguished chroniccle of whom formerly no mention had been made.


The adverse party 3 continually kept urging the Signory to punish them for the meeting held in S. He was a kinsman of the ” White” Cerchi 9.

The Podesta fled into a neighbouring house ; his household were seized, the records were torn in pieces, and any evil-disposed person who was being sued in court went to destroy the papers relating to his case.

Palmieri Altoviti, gives piquancy to the proceedings ; and with Dino Compagni himself see next chapter and Giano on the other side, the debates must have been lively enough. The conspirators against Giano remained there 8.

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Click here to sign up. Failing them the “Captains of the War ” would take their place. Corso and Sinibaldo Donati, M. 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.

Neri Gian- donati, and said to them: Certain therefore who heard them reported it to the popolani who began to be exasperated, and in dread and indigna- tion increased the severity of the laws 7so that every one lived in fear. So a note was made of this.

Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence by Dino Compagni

He is one of the important authorities for that period of Florentine history, notwithstanding the mistakes of fact which are to be found in his writings.

The Podesta’s palace plundered. Therefore he makes his starting point subsequent to all the events related in this chapter ; for the “great peace” was concluded on Jan. I, Dino Compagni, being myself at this meeting, and desirous of unity and peace amongst the citizens, said before they departed: Then she said to him, ” Whom hast thou promised to marry?

Gompagni—like Dante—sided with the Whites and, after their defeat inwas barred from public office. Their proposed enactment is called ” deceitful,” because its motive was not at the first glance apparent. Gian di Celona 5. The laws imposed on the Priors were in effect to safeguard the property of the Commonwealth, to provide that the judicial authorities should do right to every one, and to prevent the small and helpless from being oppressed by the great and powerful.


Understanding the history of Florence through primary texts

Tt is uncertain how this Guido came by the name of Scimia ape. He made himself so hated that the citizens could not endure him, and caused him and two of his attendants to be chronidle and tortured with the rope ; and by his confession they learnt things, in consequence of which much in- famy and danger accrued to many citizens.

This tower is still standing in the Piazza di S. 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. It should be borne in mind that the traders of the lesser guilds and the popu- lace depended to a considerable extent on the Magnates’ custom for their prosperity, and were therefore to some extent under their influence.

Donate Compagmi, doctors of law, and other powerful families 6. It was also given to cardinals and princes. It seems, says Del Lungo, that the Aretines would have allowed the fortresses in question to be taken by the Florentine army, perhaps with the idea of wearing them out by a succession of sieges, and so avoiding a pitched battle conpagni which they would have been outnumbered.

Chroncle hearing this I conferred with Lapo di Guazza Ulivieri, a good and loyal popolano 1 ; and we went together to the Priors, taking with us certain [[of the faction of the DonatiJ who had been at the meeting ; and we acted as mediators between the Priors and them, and dinno the Signory with gentle words, so that M. Compagni concludes his passionate tale with the leaders of the Blacks vanquished by divine punishment.