Campaldino 1289

The battle that made Dante

Campaldino 1289

Campaldino is one of the important battles between the Guelphs and Ghibellines - the major political factions in the city states of central and northern Italy. It heralded the rise of Florence to a dominant position over the area of Tuscany and was one of the last occassions when the Italian city militias contested a battle, with the 14th century seeing the rise of the condottiere in Italy's Wars. In this highly illustrated new study, renowned medieval historians Kelly De Vries and Niccolò Capponi have uncovered new material from the battlefield itself, as well as using all the available sources, to breathe new life into this colourful and fascinating battle.

Victories and Defeats

An Attempt to Explain the Causes which Have Led to Them

Victories and Defeats


Medieval Italy

An Encyclopedia

Medieval Italy

This Encyclopedia gathers together the most recent scholarship on Medieval Italy, while offering a sweeping view of all aspects of life in Italy during the Middle Ages. This two volume, illustrated, A-Z reference is a cross-disciplinary resource for information on literature, history, the arts, science, philosophy, and religion in Italy between A.D. 450 and 1375. For more information including the introduction, a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample pages, and more, visit the Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia website.

The Renaissance

A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304-1576 A.D.

The Renaissance

Studies the economic and industrial background of the Renaissance and discusses why Italy was the first nation to experience this cultural awakening

The Regions of Italy

A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The Regions of Italy

Italians the world over historically have identified themselves more with their regions of origin than with what is known as Italy. This new, comprehensive guide invites readers to view the colorful land as its denizens have for centuries: by region. Author Roy Domenico superbly surveys the regional and provincial characteristics and cultures of the 20 regions of Italy, encompassing economy, cuisine, history, recent politics, and arts.

The Portable Dante

The Portable Dante

Dante Alighieri paved the way for modern literature, while creating verse and prose that remain unparalleled for formal elegance, intellectual depth, and emotional grandeur. The Portable Dante contains complete verse translations of Dante's two masterworks, The Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova, as well as a bibliography, notes, and an introduction by eminent scholar and translator Mark Musa. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Castruccio Castracani

A Study on the Origins and Character of a Fourteenth-century Italian Despotism

Castruccio Castracani

The first study in English of the 14th-century Italian despot, Castruccio Castracani, this work illuminates one of the great historical developments of his age -- the transformation of the medieval world of the Italian city-states into that of the territorial principalities that were to flourish in the Renaissance. Drawing on a full range of archival and chronicle sources, Green examines the rise of Castracani's regime in Lucca and shows how his dominions grew not only as a response to tensions in the preceding social order, but also as a result of changes in the character of warfare. In so doing, the book casts new light on the origins of the Italian Signorie and sets the exploits of this extraordinary ruler within the wider context of the age of transition in which he lived.