The first study in English of the 14th-century Italian despot, Castruccio Castracani, this work illuminates one of the great historical developments of his age the transformation of the medieval world of the Italian city-states into that of the territorial principalities that were to flourish in the Renaissance. Drawing on a full range of archival and chronicle sources, Green examines the rise of Castracani's regime in Lucca and shows how his dominions grew not only as a response to tensions in the preceding social order, but also as a result of changes in the character of warfare. In so doing, the book casts new light on the origins of the Italian Signorie and sets the exploits of this extraordinary ruler within the wider context of the age of transition in which he lived.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||5.69(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.92(d)|