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The Aristocracy in England and Tuscany, 1000 - 1250

Peter Coss


Part I of this book is an in-depth examination of the characteristics of the Tuscan aristocracy across the first two and a half centuries of the second millennium, as studied by Italian historians and others working within the Italian tradition: their origins, interests, strategies for survival and exercise of power; the structure and the several levels of aristocracy and how these interrelated; the internal dynamics and perceptions that governed aristocratic life; and the relationship to non-aristocratic sectors of society. It will look at how aristocratic society changed across this period a ... More

Keywords: Tuscan aristocracy, Italian historiographical tradition, social change, public authority, English society, grand narrative, Magna Carta, English exceptionalism, teleology, idealism, essentialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198846963
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198846963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Coss, author
Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, Cardiff University