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Author's research have allowed him to proffer more solid conclusions regarding the fundamental questions about the Cronaca: its original character, author, and date of composition, and the processes through which it was transformed into the redacted version. This book identifies its historical context and the way the Cronaca remarks upon or reacts to it. The Cronaca relies heavily on earlier textual sources, it undertakes sustained comparison of the text and its antecedents to illuminate what materials the author could draw upon and how he altered or preserved their accounts to fit his own vision. The book follows the "legacy" of the Cronaca, tracing its manuscript diffusion and influence on other works up to the publication of the first printed edition in the late fifteenth century. This introduction chapter is a foundation for rather than a thorough investigation of the many interpretive issues to which the Cronaca can contribute evidence.

Keywords:author; Cronaca; date of composition; historical context; manuscript diffusion; Naples; publication; textual sources



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