By Samuel K. Cohn Jr
This ebook takes a brand new method of the political heritage of the Italian Renaissance. It examines the Florentine kingdom from its mountainous outer edge, the place Florence met its such a lot strenuous competition to territorial incorporation. From a tributary country, which handled its surrounding nation-state as little greater than a tax reservoir and a buffer opposed to international invaders, Florence started to see its personal self-interest as intertwined with that of its area and its rural subjects--a swap led to via common and profitable peasant uprisings, hitherto unrecorded by way of historians.
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For the most part, this approach has been taken here. Five of the ten mountain villages included in this study are drawn from a zone which had been called the “Alpe degli Ubaldini” and, after Florence’s reconstitution of the vicariatus of Firenzuola in , was rebaptized as the Alpi Fiorentine;56 three more are from the area just to the south called the prope Alpes but whose villages were all above meters and among the highest within the territory of Florence. The other two lay closer to the cities of Florence and Prato and perhaps are more problematic.
57 Hence, I classiﬁed the village among the mountain communes. ” Since Braudel’s Mediterranean, others have been more historicallyminded in their treatment of Tuscan highlands. From archival sources, Elio Conti updated Braudel’s shift of civilization to the plains, ﬁnding the 55 56 57 I have taken the altitudes of villages from Annuario Generale dei comuni e delle frazione d’Italia: Edizione / (Milan, ) [hereafter AG]; its measures are calculated at the parish church or market square, usually the lowest spot in a mountain village.
Connell, City of Sorrows: Clientage and Faction in the Republican State (forthcoming); Herlihy, Medieval and Renaissance Pistoia: The Social History of an Italian Town, – (New Haven, ), pp. –; Zorzi, “Lo Stato territoriale ﬁorentino (secoli XIV–XV): aspetti giurisdizionali,” Società e storia, no. D. diss. Università degli Studi di Firenze, . For the Medici and church appointments, see Roberto Bizzocchi, Chiesa e potere nella Toscana del Quattrocento (Bologna, ). From the letters of Lorenzo de’ Medici, see Connell, “Changing Patterns of Medicean Patronage: The Florentine Dominion during the Fifteenth Century,” in Lorenzo il Magniﬁco e il suo mondo, ed.