Castruccio Castracani: A Study on the Origins and Character of a Fourteenth-Century Italian Despotism

Castruccio Castracani: A Study on the Origins and Character of a Fourteenth-Century Italian Despotism

by Louis Green

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Castruccio Castracani: A Study on the Origins and Character of a Fourteenth-Century Italian Despotism by Louis Green

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780198219927
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/29/1987
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.69(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.92(d)

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