The Italian City Republics

The Italian City Republics

Daniel Waley and Trevor Dean illustrate how, from the eleventh century onwards, many dozens of Italian towns achieved independence as political entities, unhindered by any centralising power. Until the fourteenth century, when the regimes of individual ‘tyrants’ took over in most towns, these communes were the scene of a precocious, and very well-documented, experiment in republican self-government. Focusing on the typical medium-sized towns rather than the better-known cities, the authors draw on a rich variety of contemporary material (both documentary and literary) to portray the world of the communes, illustrating the patriotism and public spirit as well as the equally characteristic factional strife which was to tear them apart. Discussion of the artistic and social lives of the inhabitants shows how these towns were the seed-bed of the cultural achievements of the early Renaissance. In this fourth edition, Trevor Dean has expanded the book’s treatment of religion, women, housing, architecture and art, to take account of recent trends in the abundant historiography of these topics. A new selection of illuminating images has been included, and the bibliography brought up to date. Both students and the general reader interested in Italian history, literature and art will find this accessible book a rewarding and fascinating read.

The Strategist, A.D. 1164

The Strategist, A.D. 1164

History and fantasy wrapped into one novel. After a strong storm Alice, a young woman from the 21st century, finds herself in 1163, in a forest in the beautiful Valpolicella area. What happened? Who sent her back to the period of the struggle between Emperor Federico Barbarossa and those against him? And why? Was it a coincidence or a divine plan? Hurt and confused, Alice is rescued by a family of peasants that take her to the Abbey of the Sacred Heart in Arbizzano, where she is treated by the kind nuns and learns the use of medicinal herbs. Once healed and brought to the castle of Fumane, she will have to decide what to do: fight to return to her time or, to escape the unjust accusations of witchcraft, take part in the 1165 siege of Rivoli beside Sir Lorenzo Aligari, with whom she will fall madly in love.

Medieval Territories

Medieval Territories

This volume brings together 18 case studies investigating territory in the Middle Ages from an archaeological perspective. It offers contributions from prestigious professors, such as Flocel Sabaté and Jesús Brufal, and a selected set of young researchers. It promotes new perspectives on territory studies through innovative research methods. The case studies are organized chronologically from the end of the Roman Empire to the end of the Middle Ages, focusing especially on cases in Portugal, Spain and Italy, in order to provide a Mediterranean perspective. The volume explores a range of topics, from aspects of methodological informatics in the valley of Ager in Catalonia, the evolution of prosperous cities in the Middle Ages (such as Braga, Pisa and Milan), the transformation of the early medieval rural space to the long evolution of island territories (Sardinia), and the influence of the military actions, the political power and the religious architecture on the landscape in the Iberian and the Italian Peninsula, among other topics. As such, this publication offers a variety of new insights into the study of medieval territory.

A Military History of the Mediterranean Sea

Aspects of War, Diplomacy and Military Elites

A Military History of the Mediterranean Sea

This is a collection of essays that aims to offer a vertical history of war in the Mediterranean Sea, from the early Middle Ages to early modernity, putting the emphasis on the changing face of several different aspects and contexts of war over time.

Mediaevistik

Mediaevistik


Pace e guerra nel basso Medioevo

atti del XL Convegno storico internazionale, Todi, 12-14 ottobre 2003

Pace e guerra nel basso Medioevo


A Cumulative Bibliography of Medieval Military History and Technology

Update 2004

A Cumulative Bibliography of Medieval Military History and Technology

This first update to the Cumulative Bibliography of Medieval Military History and Technology (Brill, 2002) includes additional entries for the period before 2000 and new entries for the period 2000-2002.

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