Chianti : The Land, the People and the Wine

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This book is an account of the history of the Chianti region, secluded in the hills between Siena and Florence. The book begins with the Etruscans, moving on to the Romans, the Lombards, the factions of the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, the rise of the communes and the struggles between the Empire and the Papacy. In the late Middle Ages, Chianti was the scene of many decisive battles, and many of its medieval buildings were destroyed in the Aragonese invasions of the 15th century. The author is himself a wine grower, and the book evokes the image of the vintage which has been a part of the region since Etruscan times. Raymond Flower is also the author of "Napoleon to Nasser, the Story of Modern Egypt", "Motor Sports, A Pictorial History", "The Story of Skiing and other Winter Sports", "Lloyd's of London" (with Michael Wynn Jones).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 149.86 x 220.98 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Helm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w photographs, map, bibliography, index
  • 0747010110
  • 9780747010111

Table of contents

The ancient world; the Dark Ages and early Middle Ages; the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance; the Medici, the Risorgimento and the modern world. Appendices: 1 - notes on specific places of interest in Chianti; 2 - time chart; 3 - text of the marriage settlement (Morgengabe) between Landolfo and Aldina, with a translation into English; 4 - genealogical tree of the nobles of Monte Rinaldi and Grignano (known as the Gottizi family) from the end of the 10th century to the beginning of the 12th century; 5 - a note of the origins of Chianti place-names, Denis Rixson; 6 - the oldest documents on Chianti and its Lega, Dr Alessandro Boglione; 7 - a country lover's year in Chianti; 8 - Chianti Classico - the major producers; 9 - Chianti wine score card more