Known as Folgore da San Gimignano, the poet and knight Iacobo Micheli was a contemporary of Dante Alighieri who lived in San Gimignano, a small hill town in the region of Tuscany. We currently possess a total of thirty-two sonnets attributed to him, twenty-nine of which are preserved in the codex Vaticano Barberino Latino 3953. He is mostly remembered for his “Corona dei mesi” [

The Garland of the Months

], a sequence of fourteen sonnets celebrating the military and courtly valor of his fellow knights who belonged to the powerful Tuscan Guelf League. This poetic composition is modeled upon the Provençal


, a traditionally rustic lyrical genre that celebrates the pleasures of life. Folgore is indeed renowned for having successfully adapted the Provençal genre to Italian lyric, and…

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Citation: Applauso, Nicolino. "Folgore da San Gimignano". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2021 [, accessed 23 June 2024.]

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