Francesco Cognasso

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Francesco Cognasso (born December 16, 1886 in Pinerolo , † March 14, 1986 in Turin ) was an Italian historian .


Initially a teacher at high schools and secondary schools, Cognasso was subsequently the first chairman of the facoltà di Magistero at the University of Turin , where he taught modern history. From 1939 on, he held the chair for medieval history at the facoltà di Lettere in the Piedmontese capital, before retiring in 1968 when he reached retirement age and became a professor emeritus.

From 1930 to 1934 he headed the Rivista Storica Italiana , in the post-war period he became head of the Bollettino storico-bibliografico subalpino and advisor to the Centro italiano di studi sull'alto medioevo . His entire production always saw him in a special way absorbed in the study of medieval documents.

Cognasso was a tenacious supporter of the Sardinian-Piedmontese monarchy and the Italian kingship and concentrated his research mainly on Piedmont and the House of Savoy , through which he penetrated the heart of the great European conflicts and became interested in the politics of the Visconti . He was also interested in Byzantium and the Orient, in subjects that were neglected in Italy at the time (Johanna von Savoyen was Eastern Empress, the wife of Andronicus III ).

The research activity did not take place exclusively in the academic world, but also maintained close contact with local scholars. No longer a university lecturer, he continued his studies on the Piedmontese past, the origins of Savoy and the Risorgimento . Umberto II of Italy made him a member of the Consulta dei Senatori del Regno while in exile and awarded him the Ordine civile di Savoia , the highest Savoyard honor.

Struck by a stroke in December 1985 at the age of 99, Cognasso died at the Maria Vittoria Hospital in Turin after three months of bedridden suffering. He is buried on the Cimitero monumentale di Torino .


Cartario della abazia di San Solutore di Torino , 1908
  • Cartario della abazia di San Solutore di Torino . Tipografia Brignolo, Asti 1908.
  • Il Conte Verde . Paravia, Turin 1926. II ed. 1930
  • Umberto Biancamano . Paravia, Turin 1929.
  • Amedeo VIII . Paravia, Turin 1930.
  • Il Conte Rosso . Paravia, Turin 1931.
  • Storia di Torino . Lattes, Turin 1934. Aldo Martello Ed., 1959. Giunti, Firenze, 2002.
  • Tommaso I ed Amedeo IV . Paravia, Turin 1940.
  • I Savoia nella politica europea . ISPI, Milan 1941.
  • Vittorio Emanuele II , Collana I Grandi Italiani n.23. Edition, UTET, Turin 1942. Dall'Oglio, Milano, 1986.
  • Storia della questione d'Oriente . Ed. Palatine, Turin 1948.
  • Introduzione allo studio della storia medioevale . Gheroni, Turin 1949.
  • Novara e il suo territorio 1952.
  • Storia d'Italia: il medioevo (476-1492) . Editrice Primato, 1958.
  • L'Italia del Rinascimento: società e costume (2 full) . UTET, Turin 1965.
  • I Visconti 1966. Odoya, Bologna, 2016, ISBN 978-88-62-88306-1 .
  • Storia delle Crociate . Dall'Oglio, Milan 1967. Odoya, Bologna, 2015, ISBN 978-88-62-88282-8 .
  • Il Piemonte nell'età sveva . Deputazione alpina di storia patria, Turin 1968.
  • Vita e cultura in Piemonte dal medioevo ai nostri giorni . Centro Studi Piemontesi, Turin 1969.
  • Storia di Novara . Libreria Lazzaroli, 1971. Interlinea, Novara, 1992.
  • I Savoia . Dall'Oglio, Milan 1971. Collana Storica, Corbaccio, Milan, 1994-1999, ISBN 978-88-79-72135-6 .
  • Bisanzio. Storia di una civiltà . Dall'Oglio, Milan 1976. Odoya, Bologna, 2017, ISBN 978-88-62-88400-6 .


  • Entry by Francesco Cognasso , in: Roberto Ridolfi (Ed.): Biography e bibliography degli Accademici Lincei . Accademia nazionale dei Lincei, Rome 1976, pp. 849-850.

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Individual evidence

  1. Stampa Sera of March 15, 1986, p. 3.