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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 1440–1494: An Unquiet Stability

Lucca 1440–1494: An Unquiet Stability

(p.50) 3 Lucca 1440–1494: An Unquiet Stability
Lucca 1430–1494

M. E. Bratchel

Oxford University Press

In the political history of Lucca, the years after 1440 were less spectacularly eventful than had been the first decade of restored republican liberty. Reflecting on the past two centuries, Nicolao Tegrimi was no doubt right to compare the political stability of his own age with the history of Lucca prior to 1440. But the stability was relative, and sometimes appeared fragile. The more overt challenges are explored in this chapter: less tangibly, the records of the General Council of Lucca show a continuing preoccupation with public order and with the danger of faction. The threat was perceived to come from the Guinigi, from outside, and from the clash of rival families. The power of local factions emerges clearly enough in the quarrel between the Guidiccioni and the Arnoifini in 1458.

Keywords:   Lucca, domestic politics, Italian history, Guinigi family, Guidiccioni, Arnoifini

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