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Community and Clientele in Twelfth-Century
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Community and Clientele in Twelfth-Century Tuscany: The Origins of the Rural Commune in the Plain of Lucca

Chris Wickham


This book addresses a gap in Italian historiography by examining rural rather than city communes. In recent years, historians have increasingly focused on local and regional studies of village communities as a way of understanding medieval European history. This discussion of a group of villages around Lucca is the first detailed study of the origin of organized village communities in Italy for over seventy years, showing how the social and political structures of the countryside ran alongside those ... More

Keywords: medieval European history, Italy, Lucca, village communities, rural development, social organization, social transformation, France, Spain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207047
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Wickham, author
University of Birmingham