A Renaissance Court: Milan under Galeazzo Maria Sforza by Gregory Lubkin

By Gregory Lubkin

Bold, extravagant, innovative, and sexually infamous, Galeazzo Maria Sforza inherited the ducal throne of Milan in 1466, on the age of 22. even if his reign ended tragically basically ten years later, the younger prince's courtroom was once a dynamic group the place arts, coverage making, and the panoply of country have been built-in with the rhythms and preoccupations of lifestyle. Gregory Lubkin explores this important yet missed heart of strength, permitting the contributors of the Milanese court docket to talk for themselves and exhibiting how dramatically Milan and its ruler exemplified the political, cultural, non secular, and fiscal aspirations of Renaissance Italy.

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Iconomo: Officer responsible for some local ecclesiastical administration. Referendario: Supervisor of fiscal activities for local governments. Referendari-generale had that responsibility for the entire dominion. Regolatori: Senior fiscal officials. : filza number) SSL Società Storica Lombarda RF Raccolta Formentini ASL Archivio Storico Lombardo (periodical) Secondary sources have been cited in the notes by the author's surname and a short title only. See the bibliography for full publication information on all such works.

All of the major cities were episcopal seats, and the archdiocese of Milan had traditionally provided the framework for Lombard unity. One of the Sforza dukes' greatest assets was the authority to Page 11 grant benefices, uniting secular and ecclesiastical patronage in their princely hands. 27 The mendicant orders were also highly visible; they were more widely respected for their spiritual calling than were the secular clergy or the cloistered houses of monks and nuns, some of which held very substantial properties.

16 In others, the traditional labels of "Guelf" and "Ghibelline" continued to identify factions centuries after they had lost their original meaning of allegiance to pope and emperor. 17 Each city had its own particular history, tradition, and value to the state as a whole. Pavia was the second city of the dominion, the traditional rival of nearby Milan and the seat of a large ducal castle. 18 Under the Sforza, it was the site of the dominion's university, originally founded by the Visconti. 19 Genoa never belonged to the duchy of Milan proper and never accepted the Sforza lordship easily.

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