A history of Florence 1200-1575 by John M. Najemy

By John M. Najemy

I purchased Najemy's background of Florence as instruction for examining Dante. The period of time is ideal. attention-grabbing instances. different reviews led me to think this could be a very good up to date background of the interval, and the 1st few chapters make sure that; in spite of the fact that, Najemy isn't really a great author. As a tutorial familiar with captive audiences, he does not take adequate care to appreciate what a reader must recognize and does not constantly outline phrases prior to he makes use of them. a few passages can be footnotes, and should were copied from magazine articles the place readers should be anticipated to understand the historical past.

There are examples the place sentences are unacceptably ambiguous: p. forty: "Both types of organization seemed in Florence no later than the early 13th century..."
He ability "first seemed ... no later."

His dialogue on p. 39 of sessions mentions Ottokar's method from 1926 and Salvemini's from 1899. during this paragraph Najemy engages in a tutorial argument compatible for a magazine paper, yet does not organize the reader first by means of pointing out his personal category basically adequate. Nonspecialists would favor to listen to in basic terms Najemy's personal rationalization of sophistication constitution, provided sincerely. the tutorial haggling may be relegated to footnotes for specialists.

For those that desire a splendidly well-written creation to the fundamental heritage, I hugely suggest Richard W. Church's essay from 1850, "Dante." It was once a excitement to learn this essay, which does not sound dated. it may be stumbled on on the net. This was once pointed out within the preface to John Sinclair's Inferno, with the unique Italian and a literal translation.

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25 30 The Elite Families The incident started a larger fight that, in Compagni’s words, “increased the hatred” between the parties. Cavalcanti’s role was apparently so prominent that in the summer of 1300 the government exiled him, together with other leading members of both parties. Although his poetry rarely touches on political themes, one sonnet urges a kinsman named Nerone to pursue the vendetta against the Buondelmonti. The combination of his violent and impulsive behavior on the streets, so typical of his class, the lack of any concern (at least in his poetry) for the havoc that such actions rained on the city, and a style of philosophical poetry that raised doubts about his orthodoxy, must all have fed the perception of Cavalcanti and perhaps other poets of his group as intellectuals fundamentally alien to the civic culture of the popolo.

May God be praised,” comments Donato, the witnesses proved nothing and he was acquitted. The silence of the witnesses (he adds that one of them “in effect said little or nothing”) may have been the result of either fear or complicity in the coverup. In either case, such cooperation was the very stuff of elite power. The actual perpetrators did not appear before the court, presumably because their participation in the murder could not be denied. The court found them guilty in absentia and assessed heavy fines that were paid on their behalf by the same Velluti banking and trading company that had been founded by Bonaccorso Velluti and his brother’s sons, including Ghino, who was murdered in 1267, and the two brothers who carried out the vendetta in 1295.

91–164. Dino Compagni, Cronica, ed. G. 20, p. 45; this and other translations of Compagni are from D. Bornstein, Dino Compagni’s Chronicle of Florence (Philadephia, 1986), with book and chapter numbers given in the text. 22 24 The Elite Families and the Cerchi’s purchase of a Ghibelline family’s palazzo was in no obvious way a slight to their neighbors. The resentment of the Donati, who were not a mercantile family, focused on the conspicuous display of wealth by a family of more recent and greater prosperity.

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