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Communes and despots in medieval and Renaissance Italy

Author: Bernadette Paton; John E Law
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey [England] ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The City State in Late-Medieval Italy - Power and restraint - Political thought: theory and practice - Case studies - Medici - Culture, art and patronage.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernadette Paton; John E Law
ISBN: 9780754665083 0754665089
OCLC Number: 537652597
Description: xvii, 354 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Communes and despots --
Communes and despots: the city state in Late-Medieval Italy / P.J. Jones --
Power and restraint --
The use of sortition in appointments in the Italian Communes / Daniel Waley --
Magnate violence revisited / Carol Lansing --
Political thought: theory and practice --
Communes and despots: some Italian and Transalpine political thinkers / Robert Black --
The myth of the Renaissance Despot / Benjamin G. Kohl --
Conflicting attitudes towards Machiavelli's works in sixteenth-century Spain, Rome and Florence / Humfrey C. Butters --
Communes and despots: some case studies --
From commune to regional state: political experiments in fourteenth century Cremona / Marco Gentile --
The Gonzaga Signoria, communal institutions and 'the honor of the city': mixed ideas in quattrocento Mantua / David S. Chambers --
Giangaleazzo Visconti and the ducal title / Jane Black --
'Whatever's administered is best': Paolo Guinigi signore of Lucca, 1400-1430 / Christine Meek --
The mouse ane the elephant: relations between the kings of Naples and ateh lordship of Piombino in the fifteenth century / David Abulafia --
Communes and despots: the nature of 'diarchy' / John E. Law --
Concepts of Libertà in Renaissance Genoa / Christine Shaw --
The case of the Medici --
Prato and Lorenzo de' Medici / F.W. Kent --
The early years of Piero de Lorenzo, 1472-1492: between Florentine citizen and Medici Prince / Alison Brown --
Muddying the waters: Alfonsina Orsini de' Medici and the Lake of Fucecchio / Cathreine Kovesi --
The Medici Dukes, Comandati and Pratolino: forced labour in Renaissance Florence / Suzanne B. Butters --
Culture, art, and patronage --
Giovanni Bellini and the background to Venetian painting / George Holmes --
Communes, despots and universities: structures and trends of Italian studi to 1500 / Peter Denley --
Aedificia iam in regales surgunt altitudines: The Mendicant Great Church in the Trecento / Julian Gardner --
'Communes and Despots': The opening paragraph / Trevor Dean.
Responsibility: edited by Bernadette Paton and John E. Law.

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