A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Milan: The by Andrea Gamberini

By Andrea Gamberini

Milan was once for hundreds of years crucial middle of monetary, ecclesiastical and political strength in Lombardy. because the country of Milan it prolonged within the Renaissance over a wide a part of northern and principal Italy and numbered over thirty towns with their territories. A significant other to past due Medieval and early smooth Milan examines the tale of town and kingdom from the institution of the duchy less than the Viscontis in 1395 via to the one hundred fifty years of Spanish rule and right down to its ultimate absorption into Austrian Lombardy in 1704. It opens as much as a large readership a well-documented synthesis that is either totally informative and displays present debate. 20 chapters by way of certified and unusual students supply a brand new and unique point of view with issues starting from society to politics, track to literature, the heritage of paintings to legislation, the church to the economic system

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The marriage cost the Visconti a colossal sum, between 400,000 and 600,000 scudi: for this sum, according to the indignant reaction of the Florentine chronicler Matteo Villani (Cronica, Book IX, Chap. CIII), had the king of France sold his own flesh and blood. 25 If the branch of Galeazzo II was forming connections above all in France and England (Violante, Gian Galeazzo’s sister, married the Duke of Clarence, son of King Edward III) the branch of Bernabò cultivated relations with the 24 Francesco Cognasso, “L’unificazione della Lombardia sotto Milano”, in Storia di Milano, V (Milano 1955), pp.

18 Stefano Meschini, Luigi XII duca di Milano. ), Milano e Luigi XII. ), Louis XII en Milanais (Paris 2003). 19 The report of this embassy has been published by Sigmund Riezler, Vatikanische Akten zur deutsche Geschichte in der Zeit Kaiser Ludwigs des Baiers (Monaco 1891), pp. 36ff. 20 Francesco Somaini, “Processi costitutivi”, pp. 728ff. Milan And Lombardy In The Era Of The Visconti And The Sforza 29 his government over Piacenza and, if only briefly, over Cremona as well, while pro-Visconti regimes were installed in Como, Novara and Pavia.

The following decades—when the brothers Galeazzo II and Bernabò, Giovanni’s nephews, were in government—saw a settlement of the dominion, with the loss of the most recent conquests (Genoa and Bologna, part of south-western Piedmont), and the conquest of Pavia (1359) and Reggio (1371). The new element in the Visconti policy of these years was, if anything, the effort to bring the lineage into the Gotha of international aristocracy through costly matrimonial unions. In 1360 Gian Galeazzo, son of Galeazzo II, married Isabelle de Valois, daughter of the king of France, John II.

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