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By Gregory Lubkin

ISBN-10: 0520081463

ISBN-13: 9780520081468

Bold, extravagant, revolutionary, 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 simply ten years later, the younger prince's courtroom was once a dynamic neighborhood the place arts, coverage making, and the panoply of nation have been built-in with the rhythms and preoccupations of way of life. Gregory Lubkin explores this important yet neglected middle of strength, permitting the participants of the Milanese court docket to talk for themselves and displaying how dramatically Milan and its ruler exemplified the political, cultural, non secular, and fiscal aspirations of Renaissance Italy.

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The memory of independence was always too strong, as was the taste for infighting among the powerful noble alberghi of the city. 20 Each of the provincial cities had its native aristocracy, and the Sforza court drew heavily from those elites. Some court members belonged to such families as the Beccaria (Pavia), Rusca (Como), and Ponzoni (Cremona), whose ancestors had ruled as signori in their home cities. Of course, elites composed a minority of the duke's subjects; the great bulk of the populace consisted of peasants and workers.

The capital city itself was one of the largest in Christendom, with a distinguished history. 22 Because this dominion had always enjoyed close ties to French and German princes as well as the Italian states, it was a promising place to begin asking that nagging question about the importance of the princely court. 23 Since the Visconti archives had been largely destroyed in 1447, it was necessary to work in the Sforza era, which is very richly documented. This study focused initially on the reign of Galeazzo Maria Sforza for practical reasons, because it was neither so controversial nor so lengthy as those of his father, Francesco, son, GianGaleazzo, and brother, Ludovico.

The capital city itself was one of the largest in Christendom, with a distinguished history. 22 Because this dominion had always enjoyed close ties to French and German princes as well as the Italian states, it was a promising place to begin asking that nagging question about the importance of the princely court. 23 Since the Visconti archives had been largely destroyed in 1447, it was necessary to work in the Sforza era, which is very richly documented. This study focused initially on the reign of Galeazzo Maria Sforza for practical reasons, because it was neither so controversial nor so lengthy as those of his father, Francesco, son, GianGaleazzo, and brother, Ludovico.

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