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Oxford Studies in Medieval European History

The Clash of Legitimacies

The State-Building Process in Late Medieval Lombardy

Andrea Gamberini

The Clash of Legitimacies

Oxford Studies in Medieval European History

The Clash of Legitimacies

The State-Building Process in Late Medieval Lombardy

Oxford Studies in Medieval European History: The Clash of Legitimacies

 

Historians have long understood the period 1100 to 1500 to be the key phase in the genesis of the modern state. In this innovative work, Andrea Gamberini examines the case of late medieval Lombardy to show that the advent of the state did not extinguish the traditional values and principles of political cohabitation that had long been in place.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies in Medieval European History: The Clash of Legitimacies

The Clash of Legitimacies makes an innovative contribution to the history of the state-building process in late medieval Lombardy (during the 13th to 15th centuries), by illuminating myriad conflicts attending the legitimacy of power and authority at different levels of society. Through the analysis of the rhetorical forms and linguistic repertoires deployed by the many protagonists (not only the prince, but also the cities, communities, peasants, and
political factions) to express their own ideals of shared political life, this volume reveals the depth of the conflicts in which opposing political actors were not only inspired by competing material interests - as in the traditional interpretation to be found in previous historiography - but also often were
guided by differing concepts of authority.

From this comes a largely new image of the late medieval and early Renaissance state, one without a monopoly of force - as has been shown in many studies since the 1970s - and one that did not even have the monopoly of legitimacy. The limitations of attempts by governors to present the political principles that inspired their acts as shared and universally recognized are revealed by a historical analysis firmly intent on investigating the existence, in particular territorial or social ambits,
of other political cultures which based obedience to authority on different, and frequently original, ideals.


ISBN
9780198824312
Pagina's
256
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Serie
Oxford Studies in Medieval European History
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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