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The Clash of Legitimacies: The State-Building Process in Late Medieval Lombardy

Andrea Gamberini


This book aims to make an innovative contribution to the history of the state-building process in late medieval Lombardy (thirteenth–fifteenth centuries), by illuminating the 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 just the prince, but also cities, communities, peasants, and factions) to express their own ideals of shared political life, the work proposes to reveal the depth of the conflicts in which opposing political actors we ... More

Keywords: Modern state, Renaissance, Lombardy, city commune, political language

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824312
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824312.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Gamberini, author
Professor of Medieval History, University of Milan

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