“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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He lived the rest of his life as an exile in his own city, mulling over the events that had led to the defeat of his party. One day a number of citizens were assembled in the Piazza of the Frescobaldi for the funeral of a lady.

Monfiorito, Podesta from January to May Vieri de’ Cerchi and Nuto Marignolli set seal to this agreement 4according to the statement of M. To be distinguished from Guido Cavalcanti, the poet.

Dino insinuates that it was a shameful thing for mem- bers of such well-known Hcronicle families as the Cerchi and Marignolli to be coquetting with the Ghibellines. They had made default in paying the fine ; their sureties see above, I. 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 vhronicle Baldovino of Soppino or Supino was one of the barons of the Campagna of Rome, and therefore a subject of the Pope.

The family of the Tosinghi, or della Tosa, here first men- tioned, will come prominently before us later. Ceffo de’ Lamberti 7 ; so that the Aretines heard of it, and dismissed the knight with all his followers. Then the Bishop, who was short- sighted, asked, ” What walls are those? Bindello 7on account of intimacy and friend- ship ; M.

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And the larger party came together to this meeting, since M. The captains of the war i placed the picked cavalry 2 in front of the main body, and those armed with large shields bearing the red lily on a white ground 3 were drawn up to support them. Donate Ristori, doctors of law, and other powerful families 6. Some would be frightened, and fall into the trap, while others would persist in hostility to the Magnates.


Baldo Aguglioni was one of the Priors who held office from 15th August till 15th October in the same year, and it was then that the ” erasure ” of the record against M. Genevieve rated it really liked it Apr 25, Niccola Acciaioli was made. A dispute had previously arisen be- tween him and the Sienese on account of one of his fortresses 4 which they had taken from him, and the dispute had been referred for settlement to the Guelf party at Florence ; and as that party desired to aid the Sienese and the exiles from Arezzo by falling out with the Bishop, great discord was pro- duced between the Florentines and the Bishop with the Ghibellines.

His connivance with the Florentine Magnates and the Imperial emissary on this occasion was in accordance with the general line of Papal policy indicated above I.

He was one of the Priors from April 15 to June 15, Barnabas’ Day, at a place called Campaldino, near Poppi Trinita, because they had contravened the Ordi- nances of Justice, their object being to make a conspiracy and plot against the Government. The Magistrates wished to sen- tence them ; and if they had not obeyed, but had taken up arms, they would that day have con- quered the city, since the Lucchese, with the privity of the Cardinal, were coming to their aid with a great army of men.

Buondel- monte, a wise and discreet knight 12said that the risk was too great, that too much evil might come of it, and that for the present they had better proceed no further. Daniel Bornstein supplements his lucid translation with and extensive historical introduction and explanatory notes.

One of the best ways to make the past feel alive is to read direct testimonies of it. He was with the Count of Battifolle. Act as did Sulla in the city of Rome, whose wicked practices, wrought during ten years, were all avenged by Marius in a few days 2.

Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence by Dino Compagni

Jacopo of Certaldo, doctor of law ; Bernardo di M. Dino Compagni was perfectly placed to observe the political turmoil. No other than lamen- tation. Monfiorito was evidently a mere tool in the hands of the “most compagnj citizens. Miniato rebel against the authority of Florence, the head of the league of Guelf cities in Tuscany. The name of the fortress was Poggio S.


This ” effec- tual punishment ” was carried to such a length that the Magistrates feared that if a man who had been accused remained unpunished, the Magistrate [in that case] would have no defence or excuse in the eye of the law ; for which cause no accused person remained unpunished. They were unsuccessful ; but they pro- cured some important relaxations of the Ordinances of Justice. The Priors, in order to atone for the affront he had received, presented him with new florins 11 ; and I brought them to him in a silver cup, and said: He also had his wife with him which was unusual and a son.

Corso’s adversaries especially cried with one voice, ” Death to the Podesta ; to the fire, to the fire!

Gompagni–like Dante–sided with the Whites and, after their defeat inwas barred from public office. They were, in any case, bound by law to give a strict account of their administration at the end of their term of office.

The fourteen citizens were styled Buonuomini good men. The term ” people” here includes, in addition to the popolani, the lesser traders and the populace, of whom Giano had constituted himself the champion. The 07ily aim that preoccupies them is the control of the commonwealth, from which they alternately try to exchide one another.

But one person, who knew the secret, disclosed it in levity of mind, and in order to show that he had knowledge of secret affairs, and the person to whom he told it made it known to M. Miniato, and then leave them in the lurch. The quarrel made up by the intervention of the Pope We may add that Zenatti, ” in spite of weighty arguments to the contrary,” is satisfied as to the correctness of Dino’s information.

On investigating the alleged conspiracy it was found that fino Count of Battifolle 4 was sending his son with his vassals, and with arms at the re- quest of the conspirators ; and letters from M. Under the modification of the Ordinances already referred to I. To safeguard themselves the most wicked of the citizens 1 appointed as their Podesta M.