WHEN but a little while ago we undertook to write a Òguide bookÓ to one of the better known towns of Central Italy, we realised perhaps imperfectly how wide and full was the field of work which lay before us. The ÒstoryÓ of Perugia is, like the story of nearly all Italian towns, as full and varied as the story of a nation. Every side-light of history is cast upon it, and nearly every phase of manÕs policy and art reflected on its monuments. To do justice to so grand a pageant in a narrow space of time and binding was, we may fairly plead, no easy task; and now that the work is done, and the proofs returned to the printer, we are left with an inevitable regret; for it has been impossible for us to retain in shortened sentences and cramped description the charm of all the tales and chronicles which we ourselves found necessary reading for a full knowledge of so wide a subject. If this small book have any claim to merit it is greatly due to the faithful and ungrudging help rendered to its authors throughout their study, by one true guide; by many old friends; and by the inhabitants of the town whose name it bears for title. We can never adequately express our sense of gratitude to the people of Perugia, to whom we came as utter strangers, but who received us with such great courtesy and kindness as to make our stay and study in their midst a pleasure as well as an education. Our book is intended for the general traveller rather than for the student. We have offered no criticism, and have quoted whenever we could from the pages of contemporary chronicles. We have dealt with Perugia as with the heroine of a novel, describing her particular progress, and not confounding it with that of neighbour towns, equally important in their way, and each struggling, as perhaps only the cities of Italy knew how to struggle, towards an individual supremacy in a state lacerated by foreign wars and policies.
“The Story of Perugia” presents the fascinating history of the beautiful Italian city, exploring it's architecture, people, traditions, notable events, and more. Highly recommended for those with an interest in Perugia and Italian history in general. Contents include: “The earliest Origins of Perugia and growth of the City”, “The Condottieri and the Rise of the Nobles”, “The Baglioni. Paul III. and last years of the City”, “The City of Perugia”, “Palazzo Pubblico, The Fountain, and the Duomo”, “Fortress of Paul III.—S. Ercolano—S. Domenico—S. Pietro—S. Costanzo”, et cetera. Lady Duff Gordon (1821–1869) was an English writer best known for her “Letters from the Cape and Letters from Egypt” (1863–65). Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author. First published in 1901.
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