By Franco Cardini
L'autore ricerca i 'caratteri originali' della grande città d'arte attraverso un viaggio nel suo passato, dalle origini ai tempi della florentina libertas, dai fasti del Principato mediceo e asburgo-lorenese, consistent with giungere alla Firenze del XX secolo con i suoi problemi e le sue crisi, ma anche con l. a. sua carica inventiva e los angeles sua spinta al rinnovamento. Il volumea ha lo scopo di cogliere in pochi, forti tratti della città, di rivisitare il passato alla luce del presente in line with comprendere i caratteri originali.
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It is, all the same, the heritage of the past in terms of cultural and traditional significance that still conditions life, the nature of society, the policies, the tastes, the economy and the image of Florence and the Florentines. Here the past is not simply past: it is an integral part of the present, one lives it - indeed one relives it, one even “re-invents” it - as the present, one plays it over again as if it were indivisibly bound to the present. From the significance of Florence in the Risorgimento - the “ballot boxes of the strong” in Santa Croce, the Arno in which they came to “dip their clothes” in that Italian language without which no plausible plan of uniting Italy could have been envisaged - to her most modern and recent political proposals, or the most “in” images of crafts and high quality fashion which still bring Florence to the attention of the world, there is no aspect of the life of the city or of the activities of her people which does not give the impression of being first and foremost a kind of paper currency which is valued because it is guaranteed by the gold reserves of the Florentine past.
Ten years after Matilda’s death the Emperor Henry V also died, and there followed a long interregnum. Together these events facilitated Florentine opposition to the power of the feudal landowners who were among the supporters of the Emperor and of the Marquesses of Lorraine. They also made it comparatively easy for Florence to impose her will on smaller towns and cities. It is symptomatic that in those decades one is much less conscious of the Florentine people than of their army. In 1125 the city expressed its unity for the first time in a firm collective action, the capture and destruction of Fiesole.
Miniato set off, carrying his head, towards the hill, on the south-east side of the city, which he had chosen beforehand for his burial. There the splendid basilica dedicated to his memory was later built. These are legends, of course. But it is accepted as fact that Florence had her own bishop, Felix, from the time of Constantine; that she was visited by Ambrose who gave the young diocese prestige by a gift of relics and by contributing to the foundation of the basilica of San Lorenzo, just outside the city walls.
A Short History of Florence by Franco Cardini