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 (gĭb′ə-lēn′, -līn′, -lĭn)
A member of the aristocratic political faction who fought during the Middle Ages for German imperial control of Italy, in opposition to the Guelphs and the papacy.

[Italian Ghibellino, from Middle High German *wībeling, name of a Hohenstaufen estate.]


(ˈɡɪbɪˌlaɪn; -ˌliːn)
1. (Historical Terms) a member of the political faction in medieval Italy originally based on support for the German emperor
2. (Historical Terms) (modifier) of or relating to the Ghibellines. Compare Guelph1
[C16: from Italian Ghibellino, probably from Middle High German Waiblingen, a Hohenstaufen estate]
ˈGhibelˌlinism n


(ˈgɪb ə lɪn, -ˌlin)

1. a member of the aristocratic party in medieval Italy that supported the claims of the German emperors against the papacy: politically opposed to the Guelphs.
2. of or pertaining to the Ghibellines.
[1565–75; < Italian Ghibellino]
Ghib′el•lin•ism, n.
References in classic literature ?
She looked, indeed, like one of those wonderful boys of the Italian Renaissance, whom you may still see at the National Gallery, whose beauty is no denial, but rather the stamp of their slender, supple strength, young painters and sculptors who held the palette for Leonardo, or wielded the chisel for Michelangelo, and anon threw both aside to take up sword for Guelf or Ghibelline in the narrow streets of Florence.
The Venetians, moved, as I believe, by the above reasons, fostered the Guelph and Ghibelline factions in their tributary cities; and although they never allowed them to come to bloodshed, yet they nursed these disputes amongst them, so that the citizens, distracted by their differences, should not unite against them.
She handled her subjects agreeably, and they were, perhaps, more worthy of attention than the high discourse upon Guelfs and Ghibellines which was proceeding tempestuously at the other end of the room.
She raised her voice as she spoke; it was heard all over the drawing-room, and silenced the Guelfs and the Ghibellines.
His amorous rival is Don Carlos, a Ghibelline, who loves Blanca, a Guelph (or Welf).
Santagata gives a thorough rendering of the strife between the Guelf and Ghibelline factions in Dante's Italy, the former the party of the pope, the latter that of the Holy Roman Emperor, the conflict having begun, in Italy, during the reign of Frederick I (1152-1190) of the House of Hohenstaufen.
When Rivolta was taken by the French there was an Italian captain whom everybody regarded as a valiant comrade-at-arms and who came across a man lying dead, a man who was only an enemy in the sense that he had been a Guelph, while the captain was a Ghibelline.
40) Positioned close to that site, where the Misericordia established itself during the early trecento, was a second Adimari edifice known as the Torre di Guardamorto, and according to another possibly related legend, until its (partial) destruction by a Ghibelline mob in 1248, cadavers were kept there during a death-watch lasting eighteen hours prior to entombment in order to ensure that they were lifeless.
In the Inferno, cities as political entities are often castigated for the kinds of severe social dysfunction that breed and encourage violence: Pisa, for instance, represents political injustice and civil cannibalism in the Ugolino story; Genoa is condemned as a city "estranged from all morality, and full of all corruption"; and the City of Dis resembles Dante's Florence, a city at war with itself, as represented by the shared tomb of the Guelph and Ghibelline leaders in Inferno 10 (Carlyle 106-118, 398-405, 410).
He was part of the important diplomatic mission to the court of Alfonso El Sabio in 1260 initiated by the Florentine communal government by which Florence sought help against Emperor Frederick's son Manfred and the Ghibelline party.
34) The Ghibelline Matteo, who held authority over Milan as imperial vicar for Emperor Henry VII, became embroiled, after the Emperor's death in 1313, in the battle between candidates for the imperial throne and Pope John XXII, who was hoping to win back some of what he had lost to the emperor.
Given Sayers's interpretation, the reader wonders what becomes of the conflicts between Guelf and Ghibelline, Philip and Boniface, and papacy and empire, to take specific examples.