French of Italy

Between the mid-thirteenth and the late fifteenth centuries, a great number of French texts were written by Italian-speaking authors or in geographic locales where early forms of Italian were the main mode of oral communication. French texts that were first written in other French-speaking areas were also copied and actively circulated in Italy during this time. This website, in conjunction with Fordham’s French of England and French of Outremer sites, aims to expand awareness of these two kinds of French texts—both those composed and those copied in Italy—and the communities in which they were produced, to encourage new scholarly approaches to the literary and historical evidence.

This website is one aspect of the French of Italy Project, sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University.