The first names that must be cited when compiling a list of authors
who have written about the Disfida are, without a doubt, Massimo
D'Azeglio and the
Anonymous Eyewitness Author.
first, after a long stay in Rome, in a fever of productivity, wrote
in 1833 Ettore Fieramosca, a historical novel which
takes the facts of Barletta as a starting point. The book was immediately
an extraordinary success, to the surprise particularly of its author,
who, before publishing it, had given it to his father-in-law, Alessandro
Manzoni, to read, but from whom he had not had much encouragement.
Anonymous Eyewitness Author provides us with not only the reconstruction
of the events of the famous Challenge, but also of those that preceded
it and those that followed it. It seems, in fact, that he was an
A few copies of the chronicle of those events, written up on impulse
and with the emotional stimulus of those exciting days, seems to
have been written and published that same year.
Only in 1547 would the notary of Capua, Giovan Battista Damiani,
sees to the proper publishing of the book, with a preface written
by him, under the title History of the Battle of Thirteen
Italians and the Same Number of French, Held in Puglia Between Andria
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