Thomas Foerster's Godfrey of Viterbo and his Readers: Imperial Tradition and PDF

By Thomas Foerster

This assortment presents a scientific survey of the large readership the works of Godfrey of Viterbo loved within the overdue heart a long time. within the final years of the 12th century this chronicler and imperial notary wrote a sequence of historic collections that won huge and lasting acceptance: among the 13th and 15th centuries, his works have been copied in problematic manuscripts in just about all of Latin Europe. This vast distribution is especially superb for an writer like Godfrey whom sleek historians have by no means credited with any significance in any respect, as they thought of his works chaotic and traditionally unreliable. but Godfrey was once considered one of the main bold historiographers of his time. In his works, the lineage of the Hohenstaufen emperors Frederick Barbarossa and Henry VI is traced on to Charlemagne and Augustus, to the kings of Troy and of the previous testomony, and to Jupiter and everybody who, in his view, wielded imperial energy long ago. Godfrey used to be a bring in of the recent political rules the Hohenstaufen constructed after the years of defeat opposed to the papacy and the Italian communes, but additionally a common chronicler whose pursuits reached a ways past the political problems with his day. Bringing jointly a gaggle of experts on manuscripts and ancient writing in past due medieval England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Bohemia and Poland, this quantity goals to restore Godfrey’s acceptance through demonstrating how his works have been understood via medieval readers.

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