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Absolutism in Renaissance MilanPlenitude of Power under the Visconti and the Sforza 1329-1535$
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Jane Black

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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The Early Visconti and the Claim to Absolute Power

The Early Visconti and the Claim to Absolute Power

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(p.36) Chapter 2 The Early Visconti and the Claim to Absolute Power
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Absolutism in Renaissance Milan
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Jane Black

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565290.003.0003

Chapter Two focuses on the difficulties the Visconti faced in claiming absolute power. Alberico da Rosciate, refused to accept that signori had any such right, but Signorolo degli Omodei supported the Visconti's claim. Azzone, Luchino, and Giovanni Visconti's initial assumption that they had been granted plenitude of power by subject communes was replaced, under their successors, with the belief that such power came with the imperial vicariate. Given that many signori lacked an imperial vicariate or had had it revoked (as with Galeazzo II and Bernabò), jurists appeared unsure about the source of rulers' absolute powers in this period, Baldo degli Ubaldi accepting that most signori had little basis for the claim.

Keywords:   Azzone Visconti, Luchino Visconti, Archbishop Giovanni Visconti, Galeazzo Visconti II, Bernabò Visconti, Alberico da Rosciate, Signorolo degli Omodei, imperial vicariate, Baldo degli Ubaldi

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