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The Italian City Republics

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Long-awaited new edition of this classic text brings the scholarship completely up-to-date.The long-awaited fourth edition of this book contains: Fully up-to-date scholarship, taking into account the research of the last 20 years, including a vastly expanded section on the role of women, barely touched in the last edition, and a completely updated bibliography of recent sources and research. A masterful understanding of medieval life in Italy Primary source material and illustrations

Author Biography

Trevor Dean is Professor of Medieval History at Roehampton University.

Table of Contents


1      The legacy of power

              Economic changes

              The nascent commune

2      The population

              Status and occupation

              Growth of the town

              New categories and class feeling

3      Government

              Origins of the commune


              The podestà

              Other officials


              Church and state

              The presuppositions of government


4      Town and country

              The contado

              Administration of the contado

              Immigration from the contado

              Tenurial change in the countryside

              The liberation of the serfs

              The feudal nobility

5      External relations

              The role of Empire and Papacy

              The conduct of diplomacy

              Military organization


6      Civic spirit and the visual arts

              Palaces and piazzas





              Painting the city

7      Internal divisions

              Nobles and magnates

              The Popolo

              Other private city organizations

              Guelfs and Ghibellines

              The ideal of concord

8      The failure of the republics

              Feudal power

              The triumph of the Signoria

9      The historiography of the City-Republics

Notes and references


Historical Gazetteer



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