from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of the papal and popular party of Italy in the middle ages, opposed to the Ghibellines, the imperial and aristocratic party.

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  • noun Alternative form of Guelph.


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  • Suffice it to say that through all the vicissitudes of that stormy period the name Guelf became more and more associated with republican freedom in Florence.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series

  • In this way Italy came to be divided into the two world-famous factions known as Guelf and Ghibelline.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series

  • Pope and emperor no longer warred each other, but the cries of "Guelf" and "Ghibelline" had not died out.

    A Text-Book of the History of Painting

  • In late medieval Italy, gambling on games of chess, dice, and cards offered diversion for soldiers during frequent and lengthy sieges in the wars between the Guelf and Ghibelline.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Yet out of all the details of rivalry between Guelf and Ghibelline, between French and German, between Angevin and Byzantine, there emerges an image as crystalline as a painting by Van Eyck.

    The Sicilian Vespers, by Sir Steven Runciman

  • Dante would gladly have stabbed a Guelf had he met him in exile.

    The Imaginary Mistress

  • With a monkey in the background, how can even a Hapsburg or a Guelf put on airs of superiority?

    Defending Darwin

  • ˜Petrarchan™ humanism on the one hand, and the Guelf tradition of patriotic resistance by the Florentine city-state to imperial domination on the other.

    Civic Humanism

  • After Charles of Anjou, with the blessing of the Papacy and strong Guelf support, defeated Hohenstaufen armies at Benevento (1265/6) and Tagliacozzo (1268), the Guelfs became the dominant force in Florence.

    Dante Alighieri

  • By the end of the century, the Guelfs were themselves riven by faction, grounded largely in family and economic interests, but determined also by differing degrees of loyalty to the papacy and to Guelf allegiances.

    Dante Alighieri


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