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Chronicle of Amadi

The Chronique d’Amadi is an Italian compilation manuscript that covers the period of Cypriot history from 1095 until 1445. Surviving in just one sixteenth-century manuscript named after Francesco Amadi, the manuscript’s original owner, the codex contains Italian excerpts and translations of a number of narrative histories commonly found in the Latin East. These include William of Tyre’sEracles, the Annales de Terre Sainte, Philip of Novara’s Estoire et le droit conte de la guerre qui fu entre l’empereur, and the anonymously authored Chronique d’un Templier de Tyr. While several of these works survive independently, the text contains a unique account of the history of Cyprus for the early fourteenth century and preserves a number of variations of those works that are also preserved elsewhere.

Representative MSS
Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, MS. It., VI, 154

Chronique d'Amadi. Edited by Mas Latrie, in Chroniques d'Amadi et de Strambaldi I. Paris, 1891.

Secondary Literature
Edbury, Peter. The Kingdom of Cyprus and the Crusades, 1191-1374. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Edbury, Peter. “Famagusta and the Tradition of History Writing in Frankish Cyprus.” In Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta: Studies in Architecture, Art and History, edited by M.J.K. Walshin , P. W. Edbury, & N S. H. Coureas. Aldershot, UK: Routledge, 2012.

Edbury, Peter. “Machaut, Mézières, Makhairas and Amadi: Construction the Reign of Peter I (1359-1369).” In Philip de Mézières and His Age: Piety and Politics in the Fourteenth Century, edited by R. Blumenfeld-Kosinsko and K. Petov. Leiden, the Netherlands: 2012.