Andrea da Barberino

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  • Gloria Allaire (University of Kentucky)

Andrea di Jacopo di Tieri de’ Magnabotti from Barberino in Val d’Elsa, Tuscany, was the most prolific compiler of chivalric epic romances in late medieval Italy. A self-described cantatore (“singer of tales”), maestro Andrea should not be confused with the itinerant minstrels of earlier centuries. Extant tax documents show that he owned a house in the Santo Spirito district of Florence and also held several different pieces of farmland in the countryside near Settimo. He was widowed twice, and a third wife was still alive in 1430. No children survived from these marriages. He was at least 60 years old when he died.

Other information about Andrea’s life can be inferred f…

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Allaire, Gloria. "Andrea da Barberino". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 February 2009
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