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Lucca 1430–1494The Reconstruction of an Italian City-Republic$
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M. E. Bratchel

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204848.001.0001

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Lucca 1430–1440: The Politics of Reconstruction

Lucca 1430–1440: The Politics of Reconstruction

(p.17) 2 Lucca 1430–1440: The Politics of Reconstruction
Lucca 1430–1494

M. E. Bratchel

Oxford University Press

The true dynamics behind the series of conflict situations that dominated Lucchese political life in the 1430s remain shadowy, as befits the succession of clandestine acts with which this chapter has been concerned. Whatever the details, there can be no doubt that conflict was generated within the relatively small political oligarchy that directed Lucchese affairs. Quarrels were of an intensely personal nature, centred on individual rivalries, the control of heiresses, and the private abuse of power. These quarrels were made more dangerous by the proximity of Florence, to which aggrieved parties could turn — whether for financial rewards, in pursuit of political ambitions, or in search of a less tangible dream of Lucca's real interests in the jungle of 15th-century Italian politics.

Keywords:   Lucca, 15th century, political life, Italian history, Italian politics

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