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 merely ten years later, the younger prince's court docket was once a dynamic group the place arts, coverage making, and the panoply of kingdom have been built-in with the rhythms and preoccupations of way of life. Gregory Lubkin explores this very important yet missed middle of energy, permitting the individuals of the Milanese court docket to talk for themselves and displaying how dramatically Milan and its ruler exemplified the political, cultural, spiritual, and fiscal aspirations of Renaissance Italy.
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9 The once-mighty Malaspina had also suffered a diminution of power as a result of divided holdings. The most potent Page 7 feudal lords under Galeazzo were actually parvenus who had capitalized on refeudalization and the difficulties of transition between the Visconti and Sforza dynasties. The feudatory most capable of exercising true autonomy was Pier Maria Rossi, count of San Secondo. His large and prosperous holdings in the district of Parma also became a virtual ''state," its independence facilitated by its distance from Milan.
By 1700, every European prince worthy of the name had a splendid court or was scrambling to develop one. "3 Notwithstanding the fame of his work, we know little about those customs or the lived reality of his courtly universe. What were courts like in the generations before he established the canons of courtiership? Who came to court, and how and why did they come? What were their occupations and recreations at court? How did they relate to one another and to the prince? How did princes relate to one another through their courts?
5 The royal court of England in which Map lived was one of the great courts in medieval Europe; its protean quality was characteristic of the period. That Angevin court developed from its Anglo-Norman predecessor, which a historian has described in the following terms: In its strictly feudal aspect, the Curia Regis was the Court to which the King's tenants owed suit and service. .. But the name "Curia Regis" means more than this. 6 Another historian writing on the same topic commented on the occasions when the court reached its fullest extent.
A Renaissance Court: Milan under Galeazzo Maria Sforza by Gregory Lubkin