“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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Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence by Dino Compagni

The Podesta and Captain brought forward the business for discussion in the Councils, and called upon the members to express their opinions. Nepo, and Pinuccio della Tosa on account of great intimacy and friendship ; M. The said knight was a very weak and timorous man ; war did fkorence please him, and he was quite the opposite of his kinsman, M.

Vieri de’ Cerchi to be summoned, who went to Rome in great state. And the words falsely spoken wrought more harm in Florence than the point of the sword. Manfredi Adimari, because he was a partner of the Cerchi ; M.

These were Bartolo di 4 M. Count Guido did not await the end, but departed without striking a blow.

Through the misbehaviour of Guido Novello, of the Counts Guidi see below in this chapter. Buondelmonte had committed a murder ; and his houses were destroyed in such circumstances that he was compensated for it afterwards. Proceedings were taken against him by his guild 8 because he fearlessly carried on his evil practices. This beginning led to an evil custom under subsequent Gonfaloniers, because when under the law they demolished houses, the popolani said that they were cowardly if they did not carry out the business very thoroughly 5.


The Bishop of Arezzo, whose name was Guglielmino, belonged to the Ubertini family, though he was also con- nected with the Pazzi. Hence it is not surprising that the traders looked upon the lawyers with some ill-will, a feeling which Dino, a THE FIRST BOOK 35 typical popolano, evidently shared, and which was streng- thened on this occasion by the circumstance that the popo- lani had been obliged to resort to these three lawyers to get their Ordinances drafted.

The name Cantino is a diminutive of Cante, which is short for Cavalcante. Ugo Altoviti, [and] M. Giano florencf been Captain at Pistoja the year before. But when any one reproached them with it, the Cerchi did not deny dlno, thinking to be all the more feared on that account, and thereby overpower their enemies, saying: Dante, who in all probability pf present at this battle, is believed to have served in this particular force.

These words are very significant, as they show that the Tosinghi, a family of Magnates, had come to an under- standing with one of the most influential popolani. Under this enactment a certain number of popolano chroniclee became Magnates in the statutory sense of being subject to the penalties and disabilities imposed by the Ordinances. The site of the battle is rather less than half-way down the Casentino. Having thus caused a division amongst them 3let us smite them so that they never lift themselves up any more.

Cavalcante Cavalcanticourteous and bold, but disdainful, solitary and intent on study, an enemy of M. He gave sentence that dinno powerful and proud family of the Uberti, with others of their party, should remain under bounds 5 for a while, and should enjoy their possessions like the rest in the places where their families might be 6 ; furthermore, that to those who should be suffering the burden of being set under bounds the Commonwealth should give a chgonicle sum of money a day, as compensation for their exile ; but less to those who were not knights than to those who were.


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Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence

As Captain of Pistoja see I. Similarly, the Gonfalonier was chosen from each Sesto in rotation, so that in every year each Sesto fur- nished one Gonfalonier. In case of a Magnate refusing to give the required security, his father or brother was to be compelled to do so. The boldness of the compagno was so much increased when they saw that the three officers of their appointing were not opposed ; and the out- spoken language of the citizens who talked of their djno and of the wrongs they had suffered, so stirred up the three that they were emboldened to make ordinances and laws which it would be crhonicle to evade.

We may add that Zenatti, ” in spite of weighty arguments to the contrary,” is satisfied as to the correctness of Dino’s information.

The two were Minerbetti and Corazza II. Vernaculars seem to receive a treatment consonant with their importance for English literature or their familiarity to English-speaking audiences. By the revised Ordinances of see I. Florence is a lucky city: And the Priors added one to their number, to hold equal authority with the rest, whom they called Gon- falonier of Justice he was Baldo RufFoli, for the Sesto of Porta di Duomo 3? The Pope was Nicholas IV.

The Priors who drove Giano della Bella away were these: