Community and Clientele in Twelfth-Century Tuscany: The Origins of the Rural Commune in the Plain…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byChris Wickham

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This book addresses a gap in Italian historiography by examining rural rather than city communes. In recent years, historians have increasingly focused on local and regional studies of village communities as a way of understanding medieval European history. This discussion of a group ofvillages around Lucca is the first detailed study of the origin of organized village communities in Italy for over seventy years, showing how the social and political structures of the countryside ran alongside those of the city. Chris Wickham analyses how local politics took recognizable shape asits ruling structures gradually emerged over time. His argument does not end there, and indeed extends beyond Italy, to France and Spain, providing sustained comparisons of rural development and social organization. The result is a rare combination of systematic local analysis and wide synthesis,aimed at illuminating the whole area of social transformation in twelfth-century Europe.

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This book addresses a gap in Italian historiography by examining rural rather than city communes. In recent years, historians have increasingly focused on local and regional studies of village communities as a way of understanding medieval European history. This discussion of a group ofvillages around Lucca is the first detailed stu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 8.5 × 5.35 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198207042

ISBN - 13:9780198207047

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Table of Contents

List of Maps1. Introduction2. Lucca and the Sei Miglia in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries3. Rural Settlement, Village Identity, and the Parish in the Lucca Plain4. Signoria and Commune in Moriano in the Twelfth Century: Institutions5. Signoria and Commune in Moriano in the Twelfth Century: People6. Rural Landowners and Rural Communes on the Eastern Plain7. Rural Communes in the Lucca Plain in the Twelfth Century8. Comparative PerspectivesAppendix 1. Sources and AbbreviationsAppendix 2. Main Archival SourcesGuide to Use of Archival SourcesBibliography

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`Wickham ... offers an acute discussion of previous scholarship on the subject and an extensive and updated bibliography. Particularly valuable is Wickham's concluding chapter.'E Peters CHOICE Sept 1999