Il libro del chiodo, conserved at the Archivio di Stato in Florence, is an historic document of extraordinary interest in that it was used as the register of convictions imposed, between 1268 and 1379, by the Guelph faction on Ghibellines and white Guelphs guilty of rebellion against the Comune of Florence and therefore condemned to exclusion from the political life of the city. The codex testimonies to the definitive isolation both of entire aristocratic families and individuals of particular note, among whom Dante Alighieri, condemned to exile and capital punishment in 1302 for his "eminent role in resisting the intention of Boniface VIII to extend the dominion of the Church to Florence and Tuscany". The Book of the Nail, as it is known, takes its name from the two large iron nails originally affixed to the wooden plates of its front and back cover (of which only one now survives) signifying the "nailing down" of the condemned to their convictions. The facsimile reprint is preceded by an introduction by Riccardo Fubini of the University of Florence, an annotated analytical essay on the codex by the editor, Francesca Klein of the Archivio di Stato di Firenze, and a section of registers, in Italian, of sentences, perpetrators and deliberations dating from 1303 to 1379. It is followed by the critical edition, based on the transcription of the Latin text of the codex. Indices of names (pp. 349-432) and places (pp. 433-441) complete the volume, the binding of which is a photographic reproduction of the original. Via Benedetto da Maiano 3, 50014 Fiesole (FI), Italy - Tel. (+39-055) 5018.1, Fax 5018.201 - firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.casalini.it
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