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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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(p.199) Conclusion
Absolutism in Renaissance Milan

Jane Black

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter looks at republican regimes, noting that the prerogatives associated with plenitude of power were taken for granted by the government of Florence and other regimes based on popular sovereignty. It is noted that absolute power was discredited in Italy just at the time when it was coming into vogue in France. But the author shows that thinkers such as Guillaume Budé and Jean Bodin accepted the teachings of Alciato and others that the king had an obligation not to infringe the fundamental rights of subjects. The early seventeenth‐century lawyer Ludovico Rodolfini summed up earlier opinion, coming down firmly on the side of the rule of law.

Keywords:   Florence, popular sovereignty, Guillaume Budé, Jean Bodin, Ludovico Rodolfini

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