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Memory of Historical Events in Florentine “Ricordanze” (14th–15th Century)

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This chapter discusses the Florentine ricordanze that are outside the circle known as the "three crowns" of the genre and often assimilated to "chronicles" for the way they cover a whole series of city events. It takes a census of the Florentine ricordanze. The chapter also discusses a structural analysis of the texts, along the following broad lines: in the first place, what are the events (what is recorded); second, how these events are recorded (the form); thirdly, when does the author record (in a first-hand chronicle type of description or in a recollection that depends on other memory devices); and lastly, why he records - the motivations that cause the writer to keep the record: that is, its importance for the city, for the family, for himself.

Keywords: family memory; Florentine ricordanze; Giovanni; historical events



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