Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Baths of Pozzuoli now online

Petrus de Eboli’s De balneis Puteolanis (The Baths of Pozzuoli)  is now online in E-Codices, Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland. The manuscript, Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 135, is believed to have been created in Naples during the reign of Giovanna I, some time between 1350 and 1370. It appears to show first-hand knowledge of the Bay of Naples’ and Bay of Pozzuoli’s archaeological remains of Roman baths.
First composed by Petrus, court poet to Henry VI of Sicily, between 1196 and 1220, it is one of the most important sources for medieval Naples’ topography and for the history of science and medicine in medieval Europe.
To access the collection, please see our entry on Petrarch’s visit to the baths in October 1343 and click on the thumbnail.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

New Readings on Sex, Style and Spending

We’ve added three new readings to our chapter on Robert of Anjou that sample his legislation on prostitution in central Naples (1314), record his spending on cavalcades and church support (June 1334), and translate his sumptuary edict on youth fashion (1335).