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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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Lawyers and the Absolute Powers of the Duke

Lawyers and the Absolute Powers of the Duke

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(p.94) Chapter 4 Lawyers and the Absolute Powers of the Duke
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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/9780199565290.003.0005

Chapter Four turns to the solutions offered by lawyers to the problem of absolute power in Milan. Paolo da Castro considered Visconti's claims solidly based on Giangaleazzo's investiture of 1396. But with the denial of imperial recognition to Francesco Sforza, a new ideology had to be fashioned. Radical solutions were put forward by Andrea Barbazza, Alexander Tartagni, and Francesco Corte il vecchio declaring that the duchy of Milan was an independent entity and the duke a sovereign ruler. Ludovico il Moro's imperial diploma, finally granted in 1494, proved a mixed blessing, undermining the newly established notion of Milanese independence. A legitimate foundation for plenitude of power in Milan was achieved by melding earlier theories to create the idea that the rulers of Milan had an intrinsic and independent right to their powers.

Keywords:   Paolo da Castro, Andrea Barbazza, Alexander Tartagni, Francesco Corte

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