Michele Pellegrini

The Reality and Narrative of the Remission of Thirteenth-Century Excommunication in the Memory of the Ghibelline Cities of Tuscany: Siena between the 12th and 13th Centuries

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Keywords: Siena, Ambrogio Sansedoni, Civic Awareness

In the experience of the Ghibelline cities in Tuscany, the most important aspects of the excommunications to which they were subjected in the context of the political conflict in the early 13th century are the forms in which their remission was celebrated and commemorated. This memory, reworked for centuries in chronicles or hagiographic texts, left a deep mark on the perception of the past and the collective identity of these communities. Focusing attention on Siena and on the hagiographic dossier concerning Blessed Ambrogio Sansedoni, some observations are offered on the effects produced by this memory in the elaboration of the collective identity of the urban community.

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