The library of the Angevins was dispersed by King Louis of Hungary, who came to Naples in 1348 to avenge the death of his brother. King Louis offered the contents of the library to his doctor, Giovanni Conversino, who then divided it into three different parts: the first he carried back personally to Hungary for his own use; the second, sent off for his personal use as well, was lost on the journey; and the third he sent to his son, Tommaso del Frignano, whose son Giovanni received only some of the works from the third portion in 1375.
Bibliography for this tale is the following:
Dykmans, R. “Robert d’Anjou” in La vision bienheureuse. Traité envoyé au pape Jean XXII,” 34-42. Edited by R. Dykmans. Rome, 1970.
Gargan, L. “Per la biblioteca di Giovanni Conversini,” in Vestigia. Studi in onore di Giuseppe Billanovich, 365-385. Edited by R.A. Vesani et al., Rome, 1984.
Heullant-Donat, Isabelle.“Quelques réflexions autour de la cour angevine comme milieu culturel au XIVe siècle,” in L’Etat Angevin. Pouvoir, culture et société entre XIIIe et XIVe siècle, 173-191. Rome: Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo, 1998.
Sabbadini, R. Giovanni da Ravenna insigne figura d’umanista (1343-1408). Turin, 1961.
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