By Andrea Gamberini
Milan used to be for hundreds of years crucial middle of financial, ecclesiastical and political strength in Lombardy. because the kingdom of Milan it prolonged within the Renaissance over a wide a part of northern and relevant Italy and numbered over thirty towns with their territories. A spouse to overdue Medieval and early sleek Milan examines the tale of the town and nation from the institution of the duchy below 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 totally informative and displays present debate. 20 chapters by means of certified and exceptional students provide a brand new and unique point of view with subject matters starting from society to politics, tune to literature, the background of artwork to legislations, the church to the economic climate
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27 The tensions between the two branches of the family exploded on the death of Galeazzo II, when intervention by Bernabò prevented Gian Galeazzo marrying Maria, heiress of the Sicilian crown. 28 Clasped in an ever more binding embrace, Gian Galeazzo decided that the time had come to rid himself of Bernabò and in 1385, having drawn his uncle into a trap, had him arrested and imprisoned: from that moment the dominion once more had a single signore. The era of Gian Galeazzo represents from many points of view the apex of the fortunes of the Milanese state, in which the dominion assumed a new, firmer constitutional form and the borders opened up to engulf a large part of northern and central Italy.
But if at that time the city-states had in general succeeded in controlling them, extending their own jurisdiction over a large part of the contado, the advent of the regional state risked opening up the game again and altering the equilibria.
It was only following the death of Duke Filippo Maria in 1447, when the extinction of the dynasty provoked a constitutional 11 Gamberini, Lo stato visconteo, pp. ), Gli Sforza, la Chiesa lombarda, la corte di Roma. Strutture e pratiche beneficiarie nel ducato di Milano (1450–1535) (Napoli 1989). ), The Italian Renaissance State (Cambridge 2012), pp. 467–489. Milan And Lombardy In The Era Of The Visconti And The Sforza 25 crisis in the state, however, that in Milan the idea arose of renewing a form of self-government which, under the resounding name of the Ambrosian Republic, imitated the old communal order.
A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Milan: The Distinctive Features of an Italian State by Andrea Gamberini