This provocative book analyzes one piece of the 'mosaic' history of late medieval Italy - the commune of Siena during the years of 1368 to 1385 - the era known as the Riformatori. Here, for the first time in the West, a coalition form of government was created. The laws passed during the Riformatori era demonstrate that the voice of the lower class was finally heard. The eight revolutions and various disturbances that took place attest to the clamor for change. A golden mean amongst the Sienese citizenry was achieved by establishing what was probably the most broadly based ruling body in the history of European government until that time.
|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
|Series:||American University Studies Series: Series 9: History , #101|
About the Author
The Author: Antonio Rutigliano, a United States citizen, born in Italy, received his B.A. from Davis & Elkins College, West Virginia, M.A.T. from Fordham University, M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. from New York, University. He has taught at West Virginia University and Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. His scholarly publications include an article on the secular life of Saint Catherine of Siena based on a paper delivered before the Conferenza: Studi Cateriniani (April 1986) published in Nuovi Studi Cateriniani.
Table of Contents
Contents: Historical overview of fourteenth century Siena: I, The Creation of the Common Good - II, The Pursuit of Human Dignity - III, The Quest for Wine and Wheat.