The Dantean Anomaly in Northern and Central Italy

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The cities of Bologna and Siena possess rich archival material not just about their revenues and expenses, but also about decision-making in communal councils. This research examines in detail the interaction between extreme meteorological events and adaptation in reference to political processes, institutions and infrastructures in the years 1309 to 1321.

Allegory of good government (detail), A. Lorenzetti, fresco on Siena’s townhall, source: Google Art Project

Narrative sources make an unusually dense reconstruction of the framing period 1250–1350 possible.

The project is part of the Junior Research Group »Dantean Anomaly«, led by this project’s researcher, climate historian Dr. Martin Bauch.

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