Literary Medieval Criticism

Godfrey of Viterbo and his Readers: Imperial Tradition and by Thomas Foerster

By Thomas Foerster

This assortment presents a scientific survey of the large readership the works of Godfrey of Viterbo loved within the past due heart a long time. within the final years of the 12th century this chronicler and imperial notary wrote a sequence of old collections that received substantial and lasting reputation: among the 13th and 15th centuries, his works have been copied in difficult manuscripts in just about all of Latin Europe. This large distribution is very amazing for an writer like Godfrey whom smooth historians have by no means credited with any significance in any respect, as they thought of his works chaotic and traditionally unreliable. but Godfrey used to be 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 usher in of the hot political rules the Hohenstaufen constructed after the years of defeat opposed to the papacy and the Italian communes, but in addition a common chronicler whose pursuits reached a long way past the political problems with his day. Bringing jointly a gaggle of experts on manuscripts and historic writing in past due medieval England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Bohemia and Poland, this quantity goals to restore Godfrey’s attractiveness through demonstrating how his works have been understood by means of medieval readers.

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