The Cronaca di Partenope: An Introduction to and Critical by Samantha Kelly

By Samantha Kelly

Narrating the heritage of Naples from its beginning in early antiquity to the yr 1343, the Cronaca di Partenope was once the 1st chronologically accomplished historical past of the town and one of many earliest works of any style composed within the Neapolitan vernacular. Drawing on earlier-medieval texts and a hearty dose of legend, it's a major witness to Neapolitan identification and reminiscence within the later center a while and an incredible instance of southern Italian civic historiography. This quantity deals the 1st serious variation of the textual content, observed by means of an in depth advent that establishes its writer, date, historic context, resource fabrics, and later fortunes, together with its major impact at the next improvement of neighborhood historiography

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By Samantha Kelly

Narrating the heritage of Naples from its beginning in early antiquity to the yr 1343, the Cronaca di Partenope was once the 1st chronologically accomplished historical past of the town and one of many earliest works of any style composed within the Neapolitan vernacular. Drawing on earlier-medieval texts and a hearty dose of legend, it's a major witness to Neapolitan identification and reminiscence within the later center a while and an incredible instance of southern Italian civic historiography. This quantity deals the 1st serious variation of the textual content, observed by means of an in depth advent that establishes its writer, date, historic context, resource fabrics, and later fortunes, together with its major impact at the next improvement of neighborhood historiography

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He was a royal official and the son of a royal official, but he was also an important representative of his city, and within the city the particular representative of his own patrician seggio. At the same time he was tied by extensive family connections to the ecclesiastical community of Naples. ” To more fully grasp the context that shaped our author and his views, we must look beyond his own career, too, to the broader historical developments at work in his lifetime. 27 É. Léonard, Les Angevins de Naples, 350–362; see also L.

Each undoubtedly shaped Bartolomeo’s experience and his outlook on the city whose history he undertook. Each is reflected in the Cronaca in ways that make a fairly detailed portrait of the civic context helpful in interpreting his work. What follows draws together the excellent studies published on various aspects of Naples’ urban history in this age, filling in where necessary with recourse to data collected by prewar scholars from the now-destroyed Angevin royal archives, to sketch in this background as it most directly pertains to Bartolomeo’s life and text.

8 Vitale, Élite burocratica, 41–43. 30 ch a pt er t hr ee and reconstituted only by immigration. Bartolomeo’s insistence on this theme, however, suggests that it hit close to home. Significantly, the “foreigners” named as repopulating Naples came from places as nearby as Capua, Sorrento, and Amalfi, as well as from Calabria, France, and further afield. To Neapolitan patricians like Bartolomeo, the influx of Campanian neighbors was evidently as troubling as that of men from distant lands. There are some clues, however, that Bartolomeo excluded the high nobility from this censure.

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