The Historia novella is annalistic in form.
Hardy edited the Gesta regum and Historia novella for the English Historical Society in 1840, and put the criticism of the manuscripts on a sound basis.
A Vita Sancti Patricii and Miracula Sancti Benigni are mentioned in the prologue to the book on Glastonbury; a metrical life of St iElfgyfu is quoted in the Gesta pontificum; Chronica tribus libellis are mentioned in the prologue to the Historia novella, and a fragment of them is apparently preserved in the Brit.
In 1267 he entered the Dominican house of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, and in 1272 that of St Catherine in Pisa.
On a commission from Rucellai he designed the principal facade of the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, as well as the family palace in the Via della Scala, now known as the Palazzo Strozzi.
Maria Novella, a "Coronation of the Virgin," with a predella in three stctions, now in the Uffizi, - this again is one of his masterpieces.
About this date he undertook to write the Historia novella, giving an account of events since 1125.
Rule, Rolls Series, 1884); William of Malmesbury, Gesta regum and Historia novella (ed.
The Badia, Santo Spirito, Santa Maria Novella, are a few among the many famous and beautiful churches of Florence.
P. 402); Sacchetti, Novella, cliii.