Towns of Italy in the Later Middle Ages

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719052040
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

The Physical Environment and Social Services
• Civic Religion
• The Urban Economy
• Social Organisations and Tensions
• Political Structures

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