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Editor: C. E. Beneš

This book provides the first English translation of the Chronicle of the city of Genoa by the thirteenth-century Dominican Jacopo da Varagine (also known as Jacobus de Voragine). While Jacopo is better known for his monumental compilation of saints’ lives, the Golden legend, his lesser known Chronicle of Genoa exemplifies the important medieval genre of the civic chronicle. The work mixes scholarly research about the city’s origins with narrative accounts based on Genoese archival sources, more didactic and moral reflections on the proper conduct of public and private life, and personal accounts of Jacopo’s own experience as archbishop of Genoa from 1292 until his death in 1298. Divided into twelve parts, the work covers the history of Genoa from its ancient origins up to Jacopo’s own day. Jacopo’s first-hand accounts of events in which he himself participated—such as the great civic reconciliation of 1295, over which he himself presided—provide a valuable contrast to the more scholarly and didactic sections of the work. Together they form an integrated, coherent approach to urban history, which illustrates some of the most important styles of historiography in the Middle Ages.

C. E. Beneš

were exposed to sufferings and dangers, that they travelled the world to fight and defend the commonwealth—while the fathers remained in their peaceful houses, were exposed to no sufferings, spent their time in pleasure, and endured no battles. And because of this the unrest grew until the people left the City and gathered on a certain hill. 33 Then Menenius Agrippa was sent to them to seek reconciliation. The

in Jacopo Da Varagine’s Chronicle of the city of Genoa
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Mayke de Jong and Justin Lake

powerful that upon his accession in 814, Louis saw only one time-honoured solution: monastic exile, which would remove them from the court and from their institutional base, while keeping them alive for a future reconciliation, and renewed royal service. Almost all of Bernard’s offspring changed places. Abbot Adalhard went from Corbie to Noirmoutier, a place where Wala would end up eventually as well, but in 814 he had to withdraw from the public arena of the court and retreated to Corbie. He was not a ‘monastic prisoner’, but neither was his entry into monastic life

in Confronting crisis in the Carolingian empire
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E.A. Jones

[ reconciliation ] with my lover and old friend Sir R. Hewson – witness the gospel Blessed are the peacemakers [Matt. 5:9] – wherefore I have exhorted him, and now you, on both your parts, that there be perseverance and due continuance in the same. For if any person intend to please God in a good beginning, and if he ceases and is not perseverant unto the end, his body may have pleasure for a little while, but his soul shall be

in Hermits and anchorites in England, 1200–1550
C. E. Beneš

Ecclesiasticus: There is no head worse than the head of a serpent , and there is no anger above the anger of a woman . 22 Just as the characteristic vice of man is pride, so the characteristic vice of woman is anger. Indeed, women are very easily roused to anger; they are very difficult to bring to reconciliation, and they are very cruel in encouraging punishment. 23

in Jacopo Da Varagine’s Chronicle of the city of Genoa
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Mayke de Jong and Justin Lake

. For we were very much grieved by the many threats that he faced, and we were worried about the prospect of him making another attempt, since he had accomplished nothing earlier. 130 The authority of the pope was publicly made manifest and read out on behalf of peace, for the reconciliation of the father and sons, and of the magnates and lords, for the stability of the churches, for the unity of the people and the salvation of the whole empire. At the same time, there were others on the side of the sons who asked him on their behalf to aid them through his counsels

in Confronting crisis in the Carolingian empire
Rachel Stone and Charles West

measure, that just as it is not conceded to any clerics to do penance, thus also after penance and reconciliation it is not ever allowed to any layman to obtain the honour of clerical office, since, although cleansed of contagion of all sins, yet they who were formerly vessels of vices ought to receive no instruments for bearing the

in The divorce of King Lothar and Queen Theutberga
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Rachel Stone and Charles West

, as a healing punishment imposed with the aim of leading the sinner back into reconciliation with the Church, for the sinner’s own benefit. 181 Nevertheless, a sentence of excommunication was so severe as to be difficult to use in the ninth century. Hincmar argued that it could not be imposed simply on the basis of a secret confession, but needed either a public

in The divorce of King Lothar and Queen Theutberga
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Michael Staunton

, staying amenable to Henry but still applying pressure for a settlement. From 1165 onwards, when he was able to return to Italy, he was tireless in his efforts for peace, and after Thomas’s death he succeeded in bringing about a lasting reconciliation. He can be accused of duplicity on occasions, but in the circumstances it was often necessary. Alexander is one of the few people who come out of the dispute with any

in The lives of Thomas Becket
Michael Staunton

, not returning to us or reporting anything. The king wanted one thing, as was said, and as later the outcome of the matter proved, namely, to drag things out, not being willing to restore our peace, although he pretended to be. Nevertheless the cardinals, lest they should seem to have come in vain, again and again approached the king for a reconciliation, diligently and attentively pursuing and searching out peace, but unable

in The lives of Thomas Becket