A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Milan: The by Andrea Gamberini

By Andrea Gamberini

Milan used to be for hundreds of years crucial heart of financial, ecclesiastical and political energy in Lombardy. because the nation of Milan it prolonged within the Renaissance over a wide a part of northern and vital Italy and numbered over thirty towns with their territories. A significant other to overdue Medieval and early glossy Milan examines the tale of town and nation from the institution of the duchy less than the Viscontis in 1395 via to the one hundred fifty years of Spanish rule and right down to its ultimate absorption into Austrian Lombardy in 1704. It opens as much as a large readership a well-documented synthesis that's either absolutely informative and displays present debate. 20 chapters by means of certified and exotic students supply a brand new and unique standpoint with topics starting from society to politics, song to literature, the heritage of artwork to legislations, the church to the economic climate

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The image of static structures, solely dedicated to the division of the estimo among the territorial bodies, and to negotiation with the cities, has been modified, in the direction of more complex readings, that have brought to light the capacity of local actors to use these same institutions for their own ends. 37 If in some circumstances the Contadi might appear united in pursuit of an objective, in many others they revealed, through the tensions that pervaded them, the multiplicity of local actors: if not the tendency to multiply further.

Moreover, the Visconti knew well how to reward those who backed them: fiscal immunities, lands, jurisdiction, even ecclesiastical offices were distributed to their protégés and associates. Indeed, this relation with local ecclesiastical institutions appears to have been crucial for the Visconti: if the archiepiscopal office served as a trampoline for the ascent of Ottone, the rich temporalities of the Ambrosian episcopal endowment were despoiled in succeeding decades and its archive destroyed, so as to erase the memory of the rights of the Church.

30 Patrizia Mainoni, Le radici della discordia. Ricerche sulla fiscalità a Bergamo tra il XIII e XV secolo (Milano 1997). 31 Jane Black, “Giangaleazzo Visconti and the Ducal Title”, in John E. ), Communes and Despots in Medieval and Renaissance Italy (Farnham 2010), pp. 119–130. Milan And Lombardy In The Era Of The Visconti And The Sforza 33 in the fifteenth century other signori, such as the Gonzaga, Savoia and Este participated, Wenceslas was deposed by the German princes for having injured the honor Imperii.

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