By Thomas Foerster
This assortment presents a scientific survey of the extensive readership the works of Godfrey of Viterbo loved within the past due heart a long time. within the final years of the 12th century this chronicler and imperial notary wrote a chain of historic collections that received substantial and lasting attractiveness: among the 13th and 15th centuries, his works have been copied in tricky manuscripts in just about all of Latin Europe. This large distribution is especially staggering for an writer like Godfrey whom sleek historians have by no means credited with any value in any respect, as they thought of his works chaotic and traditionally unreliable. but Godfrey used to be one of the main bold historiographers of his time. In his works, the lineage of the Hohenstaufen emperors Frederick Barbarossa and Henry VI is traced on to Charlemagne and Augustus, to the kings of Troy and of the previous testomony, and to Jupiter and everybody who, in his view, wielded imperial energy some time past. Godfrey was once a usher in of the recent political principles the Hohenstaufen built after the years of defeat opposed to the papacy and the Italian communes, but additionally a common chronicler whose pursuits reached some distance past the political problems with his day. Bringing jointly a bunch of experts on manuscripts and ancient writing in past due medieval England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Bohemia and Poland, this quantity goals to restore Godfrey’s popularity via demonstrating how his works have been understood through medieval readers.