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Historical Context

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In Bartolomeo's time, the most notable event in recent Neapolitan history was the city's elevation to the status of royal capital by the realm's new conquerors, the Angevin dynasty. The changes wrought by the Angevin presence in Naples can be grouped into four principal, if overlapping, categories: social, political, urbanistic, and cultural. Each undoubtedly shaped Bartolomeo Caracciolo-Carafa's experience and his outlook on the city whose history he undertook. Each is reflected in the Cronaca in ways that make a fairly detailed portrait of the civic context helpful in interpreting his work. This chapter draws together the excellent studies published on various aspects of Naples' urban history in this age, filling in where necessary with recourse to data collected by prewar scholars from the now-destroyed Angevin royal archives, to sketch in this background as it most directly pertains to Bartolomeo's life and text.

Keywords:Angevin dynasty; Bartolomeo Caracciolo-Carafa; Cronaca; elevation; historical context; Naples; royal archives; royal capital; urbanistic



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