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 important Italy and numbered over thirty towns with their territories. A spouse to past due Medieval and early sleek Milan examines the tale of town and country 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 absolutely informative and displays present debate. 20 chapters via certified and distinct students provide a brand new and unique viewpoint with subject matters starting from society to politics, tune to literature, the heritage of paintings to legislation, the church to the economic climate
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This was not all. In these same years his son Galeazzo succeeded in establishing 17 Letizia Arcangeli, Gentiluomini di Lombardia. Ricerche sull’aristocrazia padana nel Rinascimento (Milano 2003), pp. 140ff. 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.
On the whole, therefore, both families had prominent social and economic bases, which both thought to cloak with a legendary aura, one (the Visconti) claiming descent from Aeneas, the other (the Torriani) from a French prince. But the points of convergence did not end there. Both the Visconti and the Della Torre had in fact identified in the archiepiscopal seat of Milan a 5 Andrea Gamberini, Lo stato visconteo. Linguaggi politici e dinamiche costituzionali (Milano 2005), pp. 153ff. 22 Gamberini primary object for their own strategy of advancement, because of the many possibilities—in terms of control of the property and temporalities of the episcopal estate, of the conferment of offices and ecclesiastical benefices, of having at their disposal a network of relations—that were open to whoever controlled the cathedra episcopi.
The principal offices and ecclesiastical benefices of the dominion soon came into the sights of the Visconti and their protégés. Because of the schism and the ambiguous behaviour of the Visconti with respect to the requests for obedience coming from Rome and Avignon, the Roman pontiffs—in whose orbit the church of the dominion had remained de facto—showed themselves readily inclined to accede to the requests for appointments to ecclesiastical offices and benefices coming from Gian Galeazzo. 11 From this perspective, the crisis that convulsed the entire state in 1402 following the unexpected death of the first duke, Gian Galeazzo, seems to reveal—in Milan as elsewhere in the state—the fragility of the Visconti political construct, with the revival of factional struggles, and the clashes between the great aristocratic groups.