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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 Repudiation of Ducal Absolutism

Lawyers and the Repudiation of Ducal Absolutism

(p.145) Chapter 6 Lawyers and the Repudiation of Ducal Absolutism
Absolutism in Renaissance Milan

Jane Black

Oxford University Press

Chapter Six traces the growing antipathy in legal circles to the use of absolute power. Cristoforo Castiglioni and Raffaele Fulgosio endeavoured to distance both themselves and the regime from plenitude of power, blaming its misuse on unscrupulous petitioners. Bartolommeo Sozzini called it plenitudo tempestatis (plenitude of turmoil). For Francesco Corte, plenitude of power was bound to be associated with injustice, otherwise it would not be needed. Giasone del Maino at first shared the general disapproval of plenitude of power, but, as a close supporter of the Sforza, he was prepared to uphold their authority. The most outstanding legal minds working in the duchy in the early sixteenth century, Giovanni Nevizzano, Aimone Cravetta, and Andrea Alciato, were determined to discredit absolute power altogether.

Keywords:   Cristoforo Castiglioni, Raffaele Fulgosio, Bartolommeo Sozzini, Francesco Corte, Giasone del Maino, Giovanni Nevizzano, Aimone Cravetta, Andrea Alciato

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