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Estoire d'Atile en Ytaire









 
Estoire d'Atile en Ytaire

 
Summary 
Likely deriving from a Latin antecedent found in a manuscript in Verona, the Estoire d'Atile en Ytaire - also known as the Livre d'Attila or Attila en prose - chronicles the early medieval struggles of Italians cities and lordships against the Huns, but recasts this war in stark Christian terms. The text opens with the dispersion of the Apostles and, consequently, Christianity throughout the world. After recounting the conversion of Constantine and the discovery of the true cross by his wife Helena, the text moves to the legendary birth of Attila, the hun warrior king who kills King Menapieus of Aquileia and then begins despoiling the lands of Italy. Resistance to the Huns eventually forms around the king of Padua, who defeats Attila and his armies. In the later fourteenth century, this text was used as a source by Nicola da Casola for his romance of Attila's deeds, La Guerra de Attila.

 
MSS

Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, lat.x/96 (14th century).

Edition

Estoire d’Atile en Ytaire.Testo in lingua francese del XIV secolo. Ed. Virginio Bertolini. Povegliano: Gutenberg, 1976





Secondary Literature 

Bertolini, Virginio. “La morte di Attila in un codice francese e in un codice latino (Marciano[lat.] x. 96-Veronese 209).” Quaderni di Lingue e Letterature 1 (1976), 233-41.

Carile, Antonio. “Una Vita di Attila a Venezia nel xv secolo.” In Venezia e Ungheria nel Rinascimento, 369-96. Edited by Vittore Branca, Florence:Olschki, 1973.

Ozoese Collodo, Sylvana. “Attila e le origini di Venezia nella cultura  veneta tardo-medievale,” Atti dell’Istituto Veneto di scienze, lettere ed arti. Classe di scienze morali, lettere ed arti  131 (1973), 531-567.

 

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