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Challenging chronicles: Leonardo Bruni's history of the Florentine people

Ianziti, Gary J. (2007) Challenging chronicles: Leonardo Bruni's history of the Florentine people. In Dale, Sharon, Williams Lewin, Alison, & Osheim, Duane J. (Eds.) Chronicling history : chroniclers and historians in medieval and Renaissance Italy. Pennsylvania State University Press, United States of America, Pennsylvania, pp. 249-272.

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Abstract

Literally thousands of annals, chronicles, and histories were produced in Italy during the Middle Ages, ranging from fragments to polished humanist treatises. This book is composed of a set of case studies exploring the kinds of historical writing most characteristic of the period.

We might expect a typical medieval chronicler to be a monk or cleric, but the chroniclers of communal and Renaissance Italy were overwhelmingly secular. Many were jurists or notaries whose professions granted them access to political institutions and public debate. The mix of the anecdotal and the cosmic, of portents and politics, makes these writers so engaging to read.

While chroniclers may have had different reasons to write and often very different points of view, they shared the belief that knowing the past might explain the present. Moreover, their audiences usually shared the worldview and civic identity of the historians, so these texts are glimpses into deeper cultural and intellectual contexts. Seen more broadly, chronicles are far more entertaining and informative than narratives. They become part of the very history they are describing.

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ID Code: 15138
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: History, Historiography, Renaissance, Italy, Florence
ISBN: 0271032251
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > European History (excl. British Classical Greek and Roman) (210307)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Pennsylvania State University Press
Deposited On: 14 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:34

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