Vol. 4: A 1209 usque ad 1300
Late Fall of 1251

On his way from German lands to Apulia, the new king of the Romans, Conrad IV, travels through Istria (narrative account from the anonymous continuator of Genoese Annals).

The anonymous continuator of the Genoese annals began by Caffaro di Rustico da Caschifellone, the codex optimus being:
B = Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, ms. lat. 10136, fol. 162v; digitalized in black and white and available online for consultation here.
Previous Editions
Cesare Imperiale di Sant’Angelo (ed.), Annali genovesi di Caffaro e de’ suoi continuatori dal MCCLI al MCCLXXIX, Fonti per la storia d’Italia 14 (Rome 1926), p. 7.
FIM Edition
Diplomatic edition based on B.

In ipso eciam anno [1251] rex Conradus, qui tempore obitus patris erat in Alamania, ad Ytaliam per partes Verone et Marchie venit et, ut consolaretur suos, venit Cremonam. Ibi paucis diebus moram trahens, volens ad Regnum proficisci, transiens per Marcham pervenit in partibus Ystrie vel Sclavonie. Ibique XVI galeasa Regni que serio parate erant ipsum regem cum sua comitativa levaverunt ac ipsum in Appuliam transduxerunt; ipsoque applicante ad Regnum, M[anfredus] frater eius et alii barones ad ipsum accesserunt et eum honorifice susceperunt.

Critical apparatus

asic B: pro galee, sicut ed. Imperiale di Sant'Angelo.

Editor's Notes

Combined with other contemporary narrative accounts, mainly the History of the Bishops of Salona and Split by Archdeacon Thomas (ed. Damir Karbić et al. Budapest-New York 2006), the itinerary of Conrad IV’s movement across the Eastern Adriatic shore can be surmised as follows:

Either from the March of Ancona (as per Annales Ianuenses) or, what seems more probable, from the port of Latisana (as hinted in the Liber certarum historiarum of John of Viktring, ed. Fedor Schneider, vol. 1, (Hannover-Leipzig 1909), p. 132), the king journeyed to the north of Istria where he was assembling his fleet. From Piran, where he issued two charters to the Commune of Koper in December of 1251 (see them edited here and here), he journeyed south to Pula, possibly stopping along in Poreč (as he issued a privilege to the Commune of Poreč in Pula in the same December of 1251, see it edited here). From Istria, Conrad IV journeyed along the eastern coast of the Adriatic, visiting Dalmatian cities along the way (the partes Sclavonie of Annales Ianuenses) and reaching Split (as narrated by Archdeacon Thomas, the contemporary to the events, ed. Karbić et al., pp. 362-365). From Dalmatia, he finally sailed to Apulia.

This itinerary is important because it alone dates the chronological sequence of regal privileges issued to Istrian communes in December of 1251. Namely, only one of the three charters has a full date, 14th of December, 1251, and that is the charter calling for the citizens of Koper to remain faithful to the Empire and to reject the authority of the newly appointed Aquileian patriarch, the Guelph Gregory of Montelongo. As per this itinerary, the charter issued in Pula, in the same December of the same year, could only be issued after the two charters issued in Piran to the Commune of Koper.

How to Cite
First citation: Josip Banic (ed.), Fontes Istrie medievalis, vol. 4: A 1209 usque ad 1300, doc. 1251_RC, (last access: date).
Subsequent citations: FIM, 4: doc. 1251_RC.
Image Source and Info

The facsimiles of ms. hereby dubbed B stem from the official web pages of Bibliothèque nationale de France where they are freely available for consultation.

The editor has subsequently inserted a red line simply to denote the part of the manuscript that is hereby edited.

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