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Absolutism in Renaissance Milan : plenitude of power under the Visconti and the Sforza, 1329-1535

Author: Jane Black
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Absolutism in Renaissance Milan shows how authority above the law, once the preserve of pope and emperor, was claimed by the ruling Milanese dynasties, the Visconti and the Sforza, and why this privilege was finally abandoned by Francesco II Sforza (d. 1535), the last duke. As new rulers, the Visconti and the Sforza had had to impose their regime by rewarding supporters at the expense of opponents. That process  Read more...
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Black, Jane, 1945-
Absolutism in Renaissance Milan.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)368048357
Named Person: Visconti family.; Sforza family.; Sforza family.; Visconti family.
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Black
ISBN: 9780191571855 0191571857
OCLC Number: 503830199
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 242 pages)
Contents: Preface; List of Abbreviations; Rulers of Milan, 1287-1535; Introduction; Chapter 1. Plenitude of Power: Absolutism in the Middle Ages; Chapter 2. The Early Visconti and the Claim to Absolute Power; Chapter 3. Giangaleazzo's Investiture and its Legacy; Chapter 4. Lawyers and the Absolute Powers of the Duke; Chapter 5. Plenitude of Power in Practice: Preserving Justice while Infringing Rights; Chapter 6. Lawyers and the Repudiation of Ducal Absolutism; Chapter 7. The Surrender of Absolute Power; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
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