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By Samantha Kelly

This quantity analyses Robert of Naples' guidelines and picture within the context of bigger shifts in rulership from the center a while to the early smooth interval. Treating kingship as a joint firm of king and courtroom, it attracts on an interdisciplinary variety of resources from chronicles, sermons, well known poetry and artistic endeavors to diplomatic and archival documents, to reconsider the most important problems with his reign and underscore the significance of image-making and negotiation to his rule. the ultimate bankruptcy tracks the legacy of his photograph as ''the Wise'', followed by means of later 14th-century kings of France, Bohemia and England ahead of its eclipse in favour of princely prudence within the Renaissance.

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Founded on centuries of tradition, yet with a particular formulation and emphasis that had developed only in the decades immediately preceding Robert’s reign, royal wisdom emerges as an apt virtue to sum up Robert’s rule, one that reflected the balance of tradition and innovation in his ruling style as a whole. Further, contemporaries’ reactions to it suggest a subtle change in general opinions regarding proper and effective governance. To Dante and others, such pious intellectualism was unsuitable in a king: Robert was passive, effeminate, fit only for the cloister, detached from the practical issues with which a ruler should be concerned.

16 Coulter, “The Library,” 147. Such a meeting would explain, as well, Giles’ dedication to Robert of part of his Sentence commentary. 19 The texts listed above were largely venerable classics, but Robert also acquired original works and commentaries from learned contemporaries. 20 More numerous were the natural scientists he favored, especially medical scholars. ”23 The Liber cibalis et medi- 17 “. . ” Robert sent another letter to his treasurer in Provence authorizing that monies be provided to the archbishop for this purpose.

13 All listed in Coulter, “The Library,” 147–48, except the Greek saint’s life, mentioned by Caggese, Roberto d’Angiò, 2: 372, and Augustine’s treatises, cited in Barone, ‘Ratio Thesaurariorum,’ 96. 14 Coulter, “The Library,” 152. 15 A book of hours was illuminated for Charles of Calabria in 1327 (see Coulter, “The Library,” 145). A copy of Li faits des romains was made for Charles and his wife Marie of Valois, on which see François Avril, “Trois manuscrits napolitains des collections de Charles V and de Jean de Berry,” Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes 127 (1969), 296–98.

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