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Dandolo, Andrea

(666 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
1306-54. Italy. Doge of Venice, compiler of one of the most important histories of the town. Born of a noble Venetian family, Andrea Dandolo was a man of vast legal and historical erudition, a patron of the arts, and an advocate of the new culture in State administration that today we call "prehumanistic". His cursus honorum in Venetian public life was precocious, leading him to the dignity of doge in 1343, a rank he held until his death 11 years later. His administration was closely linked to his cultural education, and was essentially based on the…
Date: 2016-10-17

Chronicon Mediolani appellato el Valison

(339 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
(Chronicle of Milan called el Valison) [Annales Mediolanenses 1230-1402] 15th century. Italy. Anonymous Latin town chronicle. The text was first published as the "Annals" of Milan. In fact the title Annales Mediolanenses refers to three separate works, each dealing with a different historical period: the Annales Mediolanenses maiores (Greater annals of Milan), known also as Gesta Friderici I Imperatoris in Lombardia (Deeds of Emperor Frederick I in Lombardy), covering 1154-77, 1201-2 and 1230; the Annales Mediolanenses minores (Lesser annals of Milan) for 931-1253, whic…
Date: 2016-10-17

Chronica Danielis de comitibus Angleriae

(368 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
[Chronica Mediolanensis 606-1145] 12th century. Italy. Town chronicle of Milan in Latin. Galvaneus Flamma, who used the Chronica Danielis as a source, explains that Daniel was a magister parrochia S. Ambrosii, but otherwise nothing is known of the author. The chronicle opens with the narration of the coronation of Aliono, son of Millio of Inglexio as king of Italy, on 7th January 606. Ample space is given to the description of the translatio of the relics of the Saints Peter and Paul from Rome to mount Pedale, in 707, during the reign of Desiderius, king…
Date: 2016-10-17

Chronicon Parmense

(338 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
(Chronicle of Parma) 14th century. Italy. Anonymous town chronicle in Latin with strong vernacular influences. Apart from Salimbene de Adam's Cronica, with its narrower chronological timeframe, the Chronicon is the only narrative source for the history of Parma. It summarizes the life of the Commune from its origin, with the nomination of its consuls, to the glorious days of the siege and Frederick II's defeat; from the years of being a major power, when Parma wielded a certain hegemony over its neighbouring towns, to the…
Date: 2016-10-17

Chronicon Sublacense

(273 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
(Chronicle of Subiaco) 14th century. Italy. The Latin Chronicon Sublacense is not an organic work written by a single author but the result of the stratification of heterogeneous material by a series of monks who were not always overly concerned about accuracy. As a consequence the language is not homogeneous, and the Latin, especially in the second half of the text, is influenced by the vulgar. This does not affect the historical value of the work, which is the only source for the history of the Benedic…
Date: 2016-10-17

Cantinelli, Pietro

(380 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
[Petrus Cantinellus] 13th century. Central Italy. Author of a Latin chronicle of events in the Romagna region from 1228 to 1306. He was probably born in 1235, but we know nothing else of his family or social provenance. The contents and biographical references in the Chronicon, the only work attributed to him, indicate that he was well acquainted with the political society of 13th-century Bologna; the text is animated by a restrained philoimperial feeling, probably due to his post of auctoritate imperiali notarius, which he mainly held - as far as we know - in the city of Fae…
Date: 2016-10-17

Chronicon Placentinum 1154-1284

(361 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
[Annales Placentini Gibellini] 13th century. Italy. Anonymous Latin chronicle of the town of Piacenza. It has recently been argued that the author was a highly cultured notary. He clearly had good local knowledge. The Chronicon is not divided into paragraphs or chapters. The narration of the events begins in the year 1154, the third in the reign of  Frederick Barbarossa, the deeds of whom the chronicle follows from 1187. From 1220 it is followed by the Gesta of Frederick II, up to 1284, the year of his death; from here onwards the chronicle narrates the principal events…
Date: 2016-10-17

Sardo, Ranieri

(378 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
14th century. Italy. According to a tradition going back to his own century, he is the author a town chronicle of Pisa. Born from a family of judges and merchants, Sardo was in the service of the Commune and held various important posts. Because he belonged to the town's central administration, his information/reports are an invaluable and reliable source for the history of Pisa in the second half of the 14th century.The Cronica di Pisa (Chronicle of Pisa) is written in Italian and is constituted by two parts, each completely different as regards the structural charac…
Date: 2016-10-17

Malispini, Ricordano

(411 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
14th century. Italy. The Storia Fiorentina (History of Florence) is attributed to Ricordano Malispini, probably born in Florence from a noble Guelf family, up to the events of 1282. After 1286 it was continued by Ricordano's grandson, Giacotto Malispini. The events narrated in the last 150 chapters correspond, in a more concise form, to those contained in Giovanni Villani's chronicle. This evident link between the two texts is at the origin of an intense debate that has animated numerous studies: alt…
Date: 2016-10-17

Cronaca senese detta la maggiore

(344 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
(Sienese chronicle, called 'the larger') 15th century. Italy. Anonymous chronicle the town of Siena for the years 1300-51. The chronicle was long ascribed to the 14th-century Angelo or Agnolo di Tura [detto Grasso], a character about whom we are well informed from Sienese documents preserved in the Italian State Archive. He was offered some public offices of minor importance, and in 1355 he was one of the Provveditori della Biccherna. The text was attributed to him because it records the death of his children. However it is now believed that the Cronaca senese is the work of a compiler…
Date: 2016-10-17

Godi, Antonio

(421 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina
d. 1438. Italy. Born in Vicenza in the second half of the 14th century, from the end of the century his name appears in the register of the notaries of the town. Several documents are extant which testify his activity of notary in that city from 1412 till his death on 10 September 1438. Scholars have identified in this notary the Antonio Godi to whom a chronicle begun after 1404 has been attributed by the historiographical tradition of Vicenza since the 15th century. Recently, though, doubts have arisen about its authorship. On the basis of an analysis of the description of…
Date: 2016-10-17

Codagnello, Giovanni

(685 words)

Author(s): Dell'Aprovitola, Valentina | Hartmann,Florian
1172-1230. Italy. Notary and author of several Latin prose narratives on the history of Lombardy. Codagnello is attested in documents kept in Piacenza and Cremona, dated between 1199 and 1230, in which he appears as a notary, both as a certifier and as a witness; in some of these documents he is presented as a pro tempore notary of the town of Piacenza. The fact that he originated in Piacenza is confirmed by various clues scattered in his chronicle. He is the author of several Latin prose narratives on the history of Lombardy: Annales Placentini (Annals of Piacenza) , Chronicon (Chronicle) or Li…
Date: 2016-10-17