By Andrea Gamberini
Milan used to be for hundreds of years an important heart of monetary, ecclesiastical and political energy in Lombardy. because the nation of Milan it prolonged within the Renaissance over a wide a part of northern and significant Italy and numbered over thirty towns with their territories. A spouse to overdue Medieval and early smooth Milan examines the tale of town and nation from the institution of the duchy lower than the Viscontis in 1395 via to the a hundred and 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's either totally informative and displays present debate. 20 chapters via certified and extraordinary students provide a brand new and unique standpoint with topics starting from society to politics, track to literature, the heritage of artwork to legislation, the church to the financial system
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37 Michele Ansani, “La provvista dei benefici (1450–1466). ), Gli Sforza, la Chiesa lombarda, pp. 1–114. 36 Gamberini During the era of il Moro, Milan became one of the principal courts of the Renaissance, thanks also to Sforza’s ability to attract there artists such as Leonardo and Bramante, who found a particularly receptive environment in the city. ”38 The other side of the coin of il Moro’s politics of magnificence was the by now structural financial crisis of the duchy, which measures such as the sale of offices and magistracies—according to a policy that was not new, but was now pursued with more determination—did not succeed in resolving.
35 Vittorio Beonio Brocchieri, Piazza universale di tutte le professioni del mondo. Famiglie e mestieri nel Ducato di Milano in età spagnola (Milano, 2000); Consonni, Tonon, ‘La terra degli ossimori’. 16 Gamberini that this research has resulted in an implicit invitation to explore the vivacity, including the political vivacity, of the world of the countryside. 36 From a distance of nearly twenty years it can be said that the suggestion has been partially taken up. A careful analysis of the Contadi, of their internal structure and their functions, has revealed aspects that are in some ways surprising.
Introduction 17 much of the seventeenth century (the Thirty Years’ War, the famous pestilence recorded by Alessandro Manzoni in I Promessi Sposi, etc) brought a decided increase of fiscal pressure. 41 Further research might still better refine this picture and reveal other distinctive traits of the State of Milan between the late Middle Ages and the early modern period. For now, it is worth pausing here and considering instead a final aspect, not yet made explicit: the reasons that suggest that a marked discontinuity can be seen in the eighteenth century, sufficient to justify the adoption of an earlier chronological conclusion in the present volume.
A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Milan: The Distinctive Features of an Italian State by Andrea Gamberini