• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guelf gwelf one of a papal and popular party in Italy in the Middle Ages which was opposed to the emperors
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The party names Guelf and Ghibelline are from Welf and Waiblingen, two families which in the 12th century were at the head of two rival parties in the German Empire.


In literature:

Guelfs and Ghibellines continue fighting as the Curtain falls.
"Seven Men" by Max Beerbohm
Now huddled together in vault and pit, lay Guelf and Ghibeline, knightly spurs and beggar's crutch.
"Rienzi" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
I will write to Squire Guelf on this subject by this night's post.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
They were Guelfs, why not remain it?
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
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" by John C. Van Dyke
He went to Germany, where he became Duke of Bavaria and founded the Guelf line.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
The Pope was able sometimes to elect a partisan of the Guelf party as emperor.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
The Original of the Guelf and Ghibilin Factions.
"The Isle Of Pines (1668)" by Henry Neville
And for this reason those who belonged to the Guelf cause had the chance to rise in the affairs of the city.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
Otho, the Guelf, whom men now call Emperor, is speeding toward the north.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
But the accounts of both, though they are very different writers, agree in their scorn of the leaders of the White Guelfs.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Less justified, it would seem, is the idea that the Guelfs were specially the patriotic party in Italy.
"Dante: His Times and His Work" by Arthur John Butler
We can now understand the Guelf and Ghibelline struggles of the thirteenth century.
"Villani's Chronicle" by Giovanni Villani
The great Guelf families, as old as many of the Ghibellines, had as little reverence as they for law or civic rights.
"Dante. An essay." by R. W. Church
Dante was born in 1265 of poor but noble parents, who reconciled themselves to the Guelf party.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
It was at this time that the contests between the factions, afterwards so famous in history as those of the Guelfs and the Ghibellines, began.
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe
Of the other Tuscan cities Lucca was Guelf, Pistoia Ghibelline.
"The Story of Florence" by Edmund G. Gardner
The old strife of Guelf and Ghibelline is raging still.
"Naples Past and Present" by Arthur H. Norway
The castle is a stronghold of the Guelfs.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
Palmieri, a rich Guelf refugee from Pesaro, about 1230.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey