The Italian City Republics

The Italian City Republics

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Daniel Waley and Trevor Dean illustrate how, from the eleventh century onwards, many dozens of Italian towns achieved independence as political entities, unhindered by any centralising power. Until the fourteenth century, when the regimes of individual 'tyrants' took over in most towns, these communes were the scene of a precocious, and very well-documented, experiment in republican self-government. Focusing on the typical medium-sized towns rather than the better-known cities, the authors draw on a rich variety of contemporary material (both documentary and literary) to portray the world of the communes, illustrating the patriotism and public spirit as well as the equally characteristic factional strife which was to tear them apart. Discussion of the artistic and social lives of the inhabitants shows how these towns were the seed-bed of the cultural achievements of the early Renaissance. In this fourth edition, Trevor Dean has expanded the book's treatment of religion, women, housing, architecture and art, to take account of recent trends in the abundant historiography of these topics. A new selection of illuminating images has been included, and the bibliography brought up to date. Both students and the general reader interested in Italian history, literature and art will find this accessible book a rewarding and fascinating more

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  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 171.45 x 247.65 x 19.05mm | 521.63g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 4th edition
  • 1138835234
  • 9781138835238

About Daniel Philip Waley

Daniel Waley was Professor of History at the London School of Economics from 1970 to 1972, before becoming Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Library. He retired in 1986. Trevor Dean is Professor of Medieval History at University of Roehampton. His recent books include Crime and Criminal Justice in Late Medieval Italy (2007), Crime in Medieval Europe (2001) and The Towns of Italy in the later Middle Ages (2000), a volume of translated primary more

Table of contents

Introduction 1 The legacy of power Economic changes The nascent commune 2 The population Status and occupation Growth of the town New categories and class feeling 3 Government Origins of the commune Institutions The podesta Other officials Administration Church and state The presuppositions of government Citizenship 4 Town and country The contado Administration of the contado Immigration from the contado Tenurial change in the countryside The liberation of the serfs The feudal nobility 5 External relations The role of Empire and Papacy The conduct of diplomacy Military organization Patriotism 6 Civic spirit and the visual arts Palaces and piazzas Walls Fountains Church-building Town-planning Painting the city 7 Internal divisions Nobles and magnates The Popolo Other private city organizations Guelfs and Ghibellines The ideal of concord 8 The failure of the republics Feudal power The triumph of the Signoria 9 The historiography of the City-Republics Notes and references Bibliography Historical Gazetteer Indexshow more

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