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Absolutism in Renaissance Milan: Plenitude of Power under the Visconti and the Sforza 1329-1535

Jane Black

Abstract

This volume charts the rise and decline of absolutism in Milan from the early fourteenth to the early sixteenth century. The study shows how authority above the law, once the preserve of pope and emperor, was claimed by the ruling Milanese dynasties, the Visconti and the Sforza, and why this privilege was finally abandoned by Francesco II Sforza (d. 1535), the last duke. As new rulers, the Visconti and the Sforza had had to impose their regime by rewarding supporters at the expense of opponents. That process required absolute power (also known as plenitude of power), meaning the capacity to la ... More

Keywords: Visconti, Sforza, Milan, absolute power, plenitude of power, Baldo degli Ubaldi, signori, duke of Milan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199565290
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565290.001.0001

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Jane Black, author

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