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And these remains are not only lingering on in solid architectural form, but, amidst the people in coun- try regions, many old hostilities still smoulder, and the denizen of one village cherishes a keen traditional an- tagonism to his neighbour of the next hill.All these things recall an era when the power of the strong was supreme over the weak, and when each chief had to hold his own against other powers by 4 MEDIEVAL VIXCIGLIATA. In the country the artisan had no safe life except within the walls of his Lord's castle, and in the towns the same warfare existed on a larger scale.Temple-Leader who has so well illustrated medieval times, in his restora- tion of Vincigliata.Vincigliata is a fine Castle standing on a hill to the North of Florence, and is interesting both for its architecture and its history, which begins some two centuries before Arnolfo commenced his Duomo and the Palazzo della Signoria, at Florence.This is Castel di Poggio, and of course, according to feudal custom, its Lord was ever a mortal enemy of the Lord of Vincigliata.
9 fury of the populace when the Duke was driven out in 1343. The Usimbardi were well known in Florence till the 13**" century, when some of them emigrated from the city during the civil wars of that time, and retired to the Val d' Elsa where they became citizens of im- portance at Oolle.* * In the 16*^ century one of the family named Francesco became father of three eminent sons : Usimbardo bishop of Golle, Pietro bishop of Arezzo, and Lorenzo secretary to the Grrand-Duke Ferdinand I. A certain Bastiano Usimbardi was sent by the Re- public to Majorca in 1422 to make a treaty of com- merce.
Of course it is not to be expected that a book so localized will possess much attraction for general readers, but students of Italian subjects, and those travellers to whom their day at Vincigliata has been a pleasant remi- niscence may find it not void of interest. Guido Carocci 273 • A Vincigliata " 327 " Le Chateau de Vincigliata " 331 THE CASTLE OF VINCIGLIATA, HISTOEICAL. After the classic memorials of Rome and Magna G-recia, no era has left a clearer mark on Italy than the feudal times.