Traditionally grand ducal Tuscany and its cultural politics have been viewed through the lens of absolutism. Based on a wide range of newly found sources and building on recent revisionist scholarship, this study uses the universities of Pisa and Siena to expose the contradictions and the tensions which characterised the grand duchy. Setting the universities against the diplomatic, military, administrative, economic, ecclesiastical, and cultural development of the grand duchy, it shows how innovation mixed with tradition and local privileges were not only upheld but extended significantly.
Jonathan Davies, Ph.D. (1993) in History, University of Liverpool, is Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer of Italian Renaissance History at the University of Warwick. His publications include
Florence and its University during the Early Renaissance (Brill, 1998).
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PART I: CONTEXT
Chapter One: Building the Grand Duchy
Chapter Two: Cultural Politics in Early Modern Tuscany
PART II: STRUCTURES
Chapter Three: The Structures of Academic Power
Chapter Four: Tensions Within the Structures of Academic Power
PART III: ORDER AND DISORDER
Chapter Five: Rituals
Chapter Six: Violence and Disorder
Appendix I: Deputati di Balìa sopra lo Studio di Siena, 1557-1609
Appendix II: Indices of the Known Members of the Pisan Colleges of Doctors, 1543-1609
Appendix III: Indices of the Known Members of the Sienese Colleges of Doctors, 1557-1579
Appendix IV: The Finances of the Studio pisano, the Studio fiorentino, and the Accademia fiorentina
Appendix V: Payments to Professors at the Studio pisano, the Studio fiorentino, and the Accademia fiorentina
Appendix VI: Payments to Professors at the Studio senese, 1557-1589
All those interested in cultural politics, the history of the early modern state, the history of universities, the history of Tuscany, and the cultural patronage of the Medici family.