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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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Plenitude of Power: Absolutism in the Middle Ages

Plenitude of Power: Absolutism in the Middle Ages

(p.8) Chapter 1 Plenitude of Power: Absolutism in the Middle Ages
Absolutism in Renaissance Milan

Jane Black

Oxford University Press

The history and meaning of papal and secular plenitude of power are explained. Jacques de Revigny taught that rights guaranteed merely in civil law could be ignored without cause, and that even when a ruler infringed fundamental rights he did not have to spell out his justification. His approach was introduced into Italy by Cino da Pistoia. Baldo degli Ubaldi's concept of plenitude of power and its overwhelming force is described. Baldo's disapproval of the misuse of plenitude of power set a trend for the next generation of lawyers. Attitudes changed in the fifteenth century, jurists insisting that before rights could be infringed, the justification had to be genuine.

Keywords:   papal plenitude of power, Jacques de Revigny, Cino da Pistoia, Baldo degli Ubaldi

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