The Towns of Italy in the Later Middle Ages

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The towns of Italy in the later middle ages presents over one hundred fascinating documents, carefully selected and coordinated from the richest, most innovative and most documented society of the European Middle Ages: the urban civilization of Italy. After a general introduction, the book is divided into five sections on physical environment, civic religion, economy, society and politics. Each document is individually introduced and set in its own context.

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Overview

The towns of Italy in the later middle ages presents over one hundred fascinating documents, carefully selected and coordinated from the richest, most innovative and most documented society of the European Middle Ages: the urban civilization of Italy. After a general introduction, the book is divided into five sections on physical environment, civic religion, economy, society and politics. Each document is individually introduced and set in its own context.

Author Biography: Trevor Dean is a reader in the Department of History at Roehampton Institute, London.

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Dean has assembled and translated 108 excerpts from primary sources that are otherwise difficult for students and scholars to find, or perhaps even know about, relating to Italian communal cities, particularly during the 13th and 14th centuries, a period relatively neglected by historians. He has selected them to illustrate the unity of city and dependent countryside, the stability of population, urban functions, the development of public spaces, social composition, the development of autonomous institutions, and civic culture. The US distributed is by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780719052033
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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Trevor Dean is Reader in the Department of History at Roehampton Institute, London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Map of Italy, c. 1300
Introduction 1
I The physical environment and social services 5
1 'A world in itself: Milan, 1288 11
2 A vision of Padua, c. 1318 16
3 Genoa in the late thirteenth century 21
4 Public buildings in thirteenth-century Parma 23
5 Public buildings in fourteenth-century Siena 24
6 The enlargement and decoration of the Doge's Palace, Venice, 1297-1422 30
7 Making space for sermons: Florence, 1296 34
8 Commune and new cathedral: Perugia, 1300 35
9 Granary and oratory: Orsanmichele, Florence 37
10 Concealing a butchery: Pisa, 1382 37
11 New church building: Bologna, 1390-2 38
12 The rise and fall of urban towers 39
13 On the magnificence of his buildings: Azzone Visconti 41
14 The Sienese Opera in financial difficulties, 1299-1310 43
15 Pittura infamante 45
16 Saintly gates 46
17 Symbols of communal strength: lions 47
18 Symbols of communal strength: carrocci 48
19 Nettezza urbana: legislation 50
20 Nettezza urbana: enforcement 54
21 Clean water: the Perugia Fountain 55
22 Public health: salaried doctors, supervised hospitals 56
23 Public subvention of education: Lucca, 1348-79 58
24 Pistoia head-hunts a grammar teacher, 1377 61
25 A teaching monopoly: Bassano, 1259 62
II Civic religion 63
26 Paradise on earth: the feast-day of St. John the Baptist, Florence 72
27 The palio race in Bologna, 1288 75
28 The costs of a feast-day in Pistoia, 1252 76
29 Regulation of holy days: Perugia, 1342 77
30 A popular 'saint': Alberto of Cremona 79
31 Miracles in Mantua and Bologna, c. 1300 80
32 Rainmaking in Florence and Bergamo 81
33 Saint or heretic?: Armanno Pungilupo of Ferrara 83
34 'Saint' Guglielma and her followers: Milan, 1300 88
35 A corrupt inquisitor: Florence, 1346 94
36 Bishop and popolo in conflict: Reggio, 1280 96
37 Communal assistance to religious groups: Parma, 1261-2 97
38 Prison releases on holy days: Perugia, 1342 98
39 Flagellants in northern Italy, 1260 98
40 The Bianchi, 1399 99
41 A sermon on usury 102
42 A charitable confraternity: Piacenza, 1268 104
43 A charitable confraternity in trouble: Orsanmichele, Florence 107
III The urban economy 109
44 Economic growth: good and evil 112
45 The power of money: external relations 114
46 The power of money: internal relations 115
47 Wool production in Prato, 1397-8 115
48 The Mercato Vecchio, Florence 121
49 Enforcement of urban markets: Verona and Parma 125
50 Proliferation of guilds: Perugia, 1342 127
51 Statutes of a wool guild: Padua, 1384 128
52 Derecognition of guilds: Ferrara, 1287 132
53 Non-guild-worthy occupations 134
54 Promotion of local industry 134
55 The state promotes commerce 136
56 Demographic policy: controlling peasant immigration 138
57 Demographic policy: stimulating immigration of artisans 140
IV Social organization and tensions 141
58 The decadence of chivalry 150
59 Complaint against moneyed parvenus 151
60 The costs of knighthood 151
61 Ceremonial knighthood: Siena, 1326 152
62 A miserly knight: late fourteenth-century Pistoia 155
63 Three social divisions 156
64 Pisa brought low by its new citizens 157
65 The popolo of Piacenza, 1250 158
66 The popolo of Bologna, 1271 and 1287 161
67 Social tensions in the kingdom of Naples, 1338-9 165
68 Social tensions in Rome: Cola di Rienzo 168
69 Food shortage and food riot: Siena, 1328 172
70 Revolt in a lordly city: Ferrara, 1385 175
71 Revolt in a republic: Siena, 1371 176
72 Social tensions in a southern town: Chieti 182
73 Fist-fights: Florence and Siena 183
74 The origins and conduct of vendetta 185
75 The pacification of vendetta 188
76 Legal penalties against vendetta: Florence, 1325 188
77 The customs of the citizens of Piacenza, 1388 189
78 Fine clothing only conceals the dirt 193
79 'Greed was greater' after the plague 194
80 Civil law on clandestine marriage 195
81 Advice on the management of wives and daughters 195
82 Sorrowful marriages 197
83 Women and the patrimony: dowry law 198
84 Women in the lawcourts 198
85 Cross-dressing 199
86 Women in the Streets 200
87 Confinement of prostitutes and pimps 201
88 Sumptuary law: Parma, 1258 202
89 Sumptuary law: Bologna, 1288, 1398 202
90 Women cleverly evade the law 205
91 Assistance to converted Jews: Perugia, 1298 207
92 Exemptions and privileges to Jews 208
93 Jews as the enemies of the cross: Florence 209
94 'The domestic enemy': female slaves 210
95 Contract of sale of a slave, 1388 211
V Political structures 213
96 A guild-based regime: Perugia 216
97 Elections of the doges of Venice 218
98 Bell-ringers 220
99 Constitutional reforms at Florence 221
100 Regulations for councils in Pisa, 1286 and 1317 224
101 A short-lasting lordship: Pisa, 1365-8 226
102 A shortlived 'tyranny': Fermo, 1376-80 229
103 A long-lasting lordship: Ferrara, 1264 230
104 Consolidation of a lordship: Verona, 1295 232
105 Political spectacle: Florence and Ferrara 233
106 Good government under lords: Milan 235
107 The end of communal liberty I: Pisa, 1406 238
108 The end of communal liberty II: Padua, 1405 241
Further reading 245
Index 246
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