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Il ducato di Filippo Maria Visconti, 1412-1447. Economia, politica, cultura

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  • Federica Cengarle,
  • Maria Nadia Covini,

The domination of Filippo Maria Visconti in Lombardy (1412-1447) was the result of an attempt, only partially successful, to recompose the vast territories already dominated by the first duke, Giangaleazzo Visconti. For thirty-five years, the third duke of Milan governed a large, rich and prosperous state, strengthened its institutions, cultivated high monarchical ambitions and proclaimed ideas of peace, concord and justice. The use of force and diplomacy and the close confrontation with the political, social and economic actors of the domain were the tools adopted to strengthen and consolidate the ducal domination. The authors of this volume illustrate the political models underlying the exercise of the duke's authority, the ways of establishing relationships between authorities and subjects, the construction of the symbolic and ideological apparatus, the artistic commission of the prince, ecclesiastical politics and the religious events of the duchy against the background of the councils of Constance and Basel. Some specific moments of ducal politics are also analyzed: the deeds of dedication of 1412, the geopolitical set established in 1435 after the victory of Ponza, the crisis of the last years of the duchy characterized by the ruthless execution of the government practices. Ultimately, the book aims to offer a more in-depth and problematic view of the domination of the third duke of Milan, which in its chiaroscuro turns out to be an important moment in the stabilization of the structures of the Lombard regional state.

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Federica Cengarle

University of Mainz Johannes Gutenberg , Germany

Maria Nadia Covini

University of Milan, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-6803-8468

Federica Cengarle is a researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and has conducted research on the history of political institutions in the late Middle Ages and on the application of computer science to historical cartography. She has published several essays and three monographs, Immagine di potere e prassi di governo. La politica feudale di Filippo Maria Visconti, (Image of power and government practice. The feudal policy of Filippo Maria Visconti) Rome 2006; Feudi e feudatari del duca Filippo Maria Visconti: repertorio (Feuds and feudal lords of Duke Filippo Maria Visconti: a repertoire), Milan 2007; Lesa maestà all’ombra del Biscione. Dalle città lombarde ad una monarchia “europea”, (Treason in the shadow of the ‘Biscione’. From Lombard cities to a European ‘monarchy’, 1335-1447), Rome 2014.
Maria Nadia Covini teaches Medieval History at the University of Milan. She has conducted research and published studies on the political, military and judicial institutions and on the political-dynastic events of the Visconti-Sforza duchy; on various aspects of society, the class of officers and the noble class of the duchy; on the fortification of regional states. She is also the author of various essays and editions of sources on Italian diplomacy of the 15th century.
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Pages: 374
  • eISBN: 978-88-6655-895-8
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  • Publication Year: 2015
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  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Pages: 374
  • ISBN: 978-88-6655-894-1
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Il ducato di Filippo Maria Visconti, 1412-1447. Economia, politica, cultura


Federica Cengarle, Maria Nadia Covini

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