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Medieval Lucca: And the Evolution of the Renaissance State

M. E. Bratchel


The book traces the creation of the Lucchese state from classical antiquity to the end of the 15th century. It describes and explains the geographical configuration, institutional organization, and social structures of an Italian city‐state that retained its independence in a world of much larger political entities. Medieval Lucca ruled over a relatively large city territory. The book argues that the region over which Lucca aspired to rule corresponded with its ecclesiastical diocese. Precise borders were the product of inter‐city warfare; but in early medieval Italy the diocese provided a bas ... More

Keywords: Lucca, Sei Miglia, vicariates, city‐state, Renaissance state, peasants, landholding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542901
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542901.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. E. Bratchel, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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