Milan was for centuries the most important center of economic, ecclesiastical and political power in Lombardy. As the State of Milan it extended in the Renaissance over a large part of northern and central Italy and numbered over thirty cities with their territories. A Companion to Late Medieval and early Modern Milan examines the story of the city and State from the establishment of the duchy under the Viscontis in 1395 through to the 150 years of Spanish rule and down to its final absorption into Austrian Lombardy in 1704. It opens up to a wide readership a well-documented synthesis which is both fully informative and reflects current debate. 20 chapters by qualified and distinguished scholars offer a new and original perspective with themes ranging from society to politics, music to literature, the history of art to law, the church to the economy.
Contributors are: Giuliana Albini, Giancarlo Andenna, Jane Black, Stefano D’Amico, Alessandra Dattero, Massimo Della Misericordia, Giuliano Di Bacco, Claudia Di Filippo, Federico Del Tredici, Andrea Gamberini, Christine Getz, T.J. Kuehn, Germano Maifreda, Patrizia Mainoni, Alessandro Morandotti, Simona Mori, Serena Romano, Giovanna Tonelli, Massimo Zaggia.
Andrea Gamberini, Ph.D. (2000), is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Milan. He is also Life Member of Clare Hall (Cambridge) and Christ Church (Oxford).
"...This means that the chapters draw on the latest research by those who know their topics with an enviable thoroughness... certainly useful for those seeking a good starting point for further research on a fascinating city and its surroundings."
Evelyn Welch (King's College London), Renaissance Quarterly, Volume LXIX, No. 1
Acknowledgements ... vii
List of Figures and Maps ... viii
Notes on the Contributors ... xi
Between Continuity and Discontinuity:In Search of the Original Characteristics of the State of Milan ... 1
1 Milan and Lombardy in the Era of the Visconti and the Sforza ... 19
2 Spanish Milan, 1535–1706 ... 46
3 The Lombard Church in the Late Middle Ages ... 69
4 The Reformation and the Catholic Revival in the Borromeo’s Age ... 93
Claudia Di Filippo
5 The Economy of Renaissance Milan ... 118
6 The Economy in the 16th and 17th Centuries ... 142
7 Culture in Lombardy, ca. 1350–1535 ... 166
8 Culture in Lombardy, 1535–1706 ... 190
9 Milan (and Lombardy): Art and Architecture, 1277–1535 ... 214
10 The Arts Under the Spanish Rulers (1535–1706) ... 248
11 Court and Church Music in 14th- and 15th-Century Milan ... 285
Giuliano Di Bacco
12 Music in the 16th and 17th Centuries ... 306
13 Territorial Identities ... 330
14 Founding a Social Cosmos: Perspectives for a Historical Anthropology of Early Modern Lombardy ... 356
Massimo Della Misericordia
15 The Jews: Institutions, Economy, and Society ... 380
16 Gender and Law in Milan ... 406
17 The Politics of Law ... 432
18 Towards a New Social Category: The Military ... 454
19 Nobility in Lombardy between the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age ... 477
Federico Del Tredici
20 People, Groups, and Institutions: Charity and Assistance in the Duchy of Milan from the 15th to the 17th Century ... 499
Index ... 525
This volume aims to make accessible to a wide public an historical synthesis which is both fully informative and reflects the current historiographical debate. It aims at meeting the needs of readers who are educated and interested, but not necessarily expert in the history of Lombardy.