French Descent into Renaissance Italy, 1494-5: Antecedents and Effects

French Descent into Renaissance Italy, 1494-5: Antecedents and Effects

by David Abulafia
     
 

The French invasion of Italy under Charles VIII in 1494-95 has long been seen as inaugurating a new and wretched era in Italian history. The present volume, the work of an international team of contributors, seeks to question that assumption by focusing anew on the intricate politics of Renaissance Italy and the long history of Angevin attempts to impose their rule

Overview

The French invasion of Italy under Charles VIII in 1494-95 has long been seen as inaugurating a new and wretched era in Italian history. The present volume, the work of an international team of contributors, seeks to question that assumption by focusing anew on the intricate politics of Renaissance Italy and the long history of Angevin attempts to impose their rule in southern Italy. It was later invasions, it is argued, that did most to reshape the politics of the Italian peninsula. These studies also look at social and economic effects of the French invasion, as well as its cultural aspects, not least the impact of Renaissance culture in France itself. Combining survey papers and research articles, this volume presents a new introduction to the history of late 15th-century Italy. The appendix, listing the Ilardi collection of microfilms, will also provide an invaluable guide to the diplomatic history of the era.

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Twenty essays question the contemporary and persistent view that Italian politics were changed forever by the 1494 French invasion under Charles VIII by ending 40 years of harmony and cooperation. They examine the decades of supposed calm after the 1454 Peace of Lodi, including relations between the perpetually feuding city states and Italian involvement in the French invasion; the battle, personalities, diplomacy, and technology of the invasion itself; and the reaction and effects both for the Italians and the French. An appendix indexes microfilms on Italian diplomacy 1454-94 in the Sterling Library at Yale University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860785507
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.45(w) x 6.30(h) x (d)

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