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C. E. Beneš

output—sadly undervalues its contributions, not only to the civic historiography of late medieval Italy but also to a broader understanding of Jacopo's oeuvre. Read carefully, Jacopo's Chronicle is an invaluable resource for the urban history of medieval Italy, literary and historiographical practices within that milieu, ecclesiastical and political history, and the history of the later medieval Mediterranean. Italian cities and their

in Jacopo Da Varagine’s Chronicle of the city of Genoa
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and centre there survive chronicles and voluminous collections of statute-law; for many cities there are the records of executive decision-making, of taxation and of trials; from Tuscany especially there is a wonderful outpouring of poetry and stories ( novelle ); for the history of the church and religion there are sermons, and records of the trials of heretics and the canonisation of saints, as well

in The towns of Italy in the later Middle Ages

From commune to signoria , from independence to subjection The Italian communes of the thirteenth century have been celebrated for their recreation of the institutions and methods of ancient democracy. Political participation was widened beyond the families of a narrow élite. Appointment to executive boards and committees was based

in The towns of Italy in the later Middle Ages

outbreaks, and the letters tended to become standardised. In 1361 John Thoresby’s letter to his official, his executive agent at York [ 36 ], is a virtual recapitulation of Archbishop Zouche’s 1348 letter [ 29 ]. In 1375, however, Simon Sudbury struck a new note with his explicit rejection of political and intellectual solutions to current problems; an approach which perhaps implies that the drive

in The Black Death

and foreign governments – Venice, Bologna, and Siena – overthrew it. The new regime of oligarchs abolished the two remaining revolutionary guilds of craftsmen – primarily those in the wool industry – reinstated the constitution that antedated the events of 22 July 1378, and restored the political status of those sent into exile by the governments of the Ciompi and the Minor Guilds over the past three

in Popular protest in late-medieval Europe

considerations and to prevailing political or social pressures. 1 At every level within the system the problem of bribery and corruption was evident, and was the source of much controversy during the period. The dismissal of the higher judiciary from office en masse and the instigation of inquiries into their conduct (as well as the state of local justice) occurred in 1289–90 and again under Edward III in 1340

in Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages

Corpus Chronicorum Flandriae , ed. J.-J. de Smet, vol. III (Brussels, 1856), pp. 121–2. The recently crowned king of France Philip IV or le Bel, the Fair (1285–1314) desired to bring Flanders under French control, even to annex it. His aggressive politics would culminate in wide-spread insurrections across Flanders from 1302 to 1304, involving major Flemish cities and much of the countryside. By 9

in Popular protest in late-medieval Europe

public brothel (though the latter had a constant tendency to spill over on to the streets and into private rented accommodation). Lastly, they embarked on grands projets , creating ‘an almost entirely new secular architecture’. 5 Chief among these was the public palace or town hall, incorporating a residence for the chief executive and judge ( podestà ) or for the executive committee of

in The towns of Italy in the later Middle Ages