Barons and Castellans: The Military Nobility of Renaissance by Dr Christine Shaw (It

By Dr Christine Shaw (It

The army the Aristocracy - "signori di castelli," lords of castles - shaped a big portion of the society of Renaissance Italy, even though they've got usually been skipped over via historians, or handled as an anomaly. In Barons and Castellans: the army the Aristocracy of Renaissance Italy, Christine Shaw offers the 1st comparative research of "lords of castles," nice and small, all through Italy, reading their army and political value, and the way their roles replaced in the course of the Italian Wars. Her major concentration is on their army assets and the way they deployed them in private and non-private wars, in pursuit in their personal pursuits and within the carrier of others, and on how their army weight affected their political status and impression.

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ASMilan, ASforzesco, b. 998: Corrado Stanga to Gian Galeazzo Sforza, 1 June 1491, Genoa. , b. 1210: draft instructions to Francesco da Casate, going to Oneglia, 31 July 1492, Vigevano. Lands and Fortresses 29 ­Giovanni Spinola in 1496. 79 Nobles in the duchy of Milan who wanted to build a fortress might ask permission, as Stefano Sanvitale did when constructing a castle at Sala Braganza near Parma in 1461. He was building it there, he explained, because that place was the oldest of his family’s estates, and he needed somewhere to store crops safely and to take refuge during epidemics.

T. Belgrano and Francesco Podestà (eds), ‘Documenti ispano-genovesi dell’Archivio di Simancas’, 157–9. Saige, Documents historiques, I, CLXIII-CLXVII, 268–86. , CLXVII-CLXIX, 288–94. 42 Chapter 2 But the people of Monaco were consistently loyal to Lamberto and his heirs, recognizing Luciano Grimaldi as their lord after he had killed his elder brother Giovanni, accepting his claim he had acted in self-defence, and standing by him when Monaco was besieged by the Genoese in 1506–7. 142 A decade later, on the orders of Charles V, a Spanish envoy tried to persuade Stefano Grimaldi, the guardian of Luciano’s heir, Onorato, to replace the vassals who guarded the fortress of Monaco with outsiders.

Guerra, rivolta e pacificazione nella Genova di primo Cinquecento (Rome, 2008), 152. Emilio Pandiani, ‘Un anno di storia genovese (giugno 1506–1507)’, 85–207, 476–521. ASMilan, ASforzesco, b. 998: Corrado Stanga to Gian Galeazzo Sforza, 1 June 1491, Genoa. , b. 1210: draft instructions to Francesco da Casate, going to Oneglia, 31 July 1492, Vigevano. Lands and Fortresses 29 ­Giovanni Spinola in 1496. 79 Nobles in the duchy of Milan who wanted to build a fortress might ask permission, as Stefano Sanvitale did when constructing a castle at Sala Braganza near Parma in 1461.

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