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Writing Southern Italy Before the Renaissance (Hardcover) (Ronald G. Musto)
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Why has the history of the Angevin kingdom of Naples, the richest and largest Italian political entity in the late Middle Ages, received so little attention in the Anglophone world? To help answer this question, this book analyzes the historiography of the south of Italy (the Mezzogiorno) in the era of Dante, Giotto, Petrarch and Boccaccio, examining the work of late medieval historians in the Italian South and writers in northern Italy and Europe writing of the South during the fourteenth century (trecento), a pivotal transition from the medieval to the early modern, to show how the view of the South as a cultural “other” began evolving over the fourteenth century and into the early modern period.