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This first detailed study of the bishops of Florence tells the story of a dynamic Italian lordship during the most prosperous period of the Middle Ages. Drawing upon a rich base of primary sources, Dameron demonstrates that the nature of the Florentine episcopal lordship results from the tension between seigneurial pressure and peasant resistance. Implicit throughout is the assumption that episcopal lordship relied upon both the bishop's jurisdictional power and his spiritual or sacramental power.

The story of the Florentine bishops illuminates important moments in Italian history. The development of the Florentine elite, for example, is closely tied to the political and economic privileges they derived from their access to ecclesiastical property. A study of the bishopric's vast holdings in the major river valleys surrounding Florence also provides valuable insight into the nature of the interrelation between city and countryside. Comparisons with lordships in other Italian cities contrast with and define the nature of medieval lordship.

This economic, social, and political history addresses issues of concern to a wide audience of historians: the emergence of the commune, the social development of the nobility, the nature of economic change before the Black Death, and the transition from feudalism to capitalism.

Synopsis:

This first detailed study of the bishops of Florence tells the story of a dynamic Italian lordship during the most prosperous period of the Middle Ages. Drawing upon a rich base of primary sources, Dameron demonstrates that the nature of the Florentine episcopal lordship results from the tension between seigneurial pressure and peasant resistance. Implicit throughout is the assumption that episcopal lordship relied upon both the bishop's jurisdictional power and his spiritual or sacramental power.

The story of the Florentine bishops illuminates important moments in Italian history. The development of the Florentine elite, for example, is closely tied to the political and economic privileges they derived from their access to ecclesiastical property. A study of the bishopric's vast holdings in the major river valleys surrounding Florence also provides valuable insight into the nature of the interrelation between city and countryside. Comparisons with lordships in other Italian cities contrast with and define the nature of medieval lordship.

This economic, social, and political history addresses issues of concern to a wide audience of historians: the emergence of the commune, the social development of the nobility, the nature of economic change before the Black Death, and the transition from feudalism to capitalism.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-273) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

Maps

Introduction

1. The Emergence of the Patrilineage and the Conflict with Episcopal Interests

2. The Bishop, the City, and the Contado in the Twelfth Century

3. Rural Communes and the Challenge to Episcopal Hegemony in the Countryside, 1180-1250

4. Episcopal Property and the Transformation of Florentine Society, 1250-1320

Conclusion

Abbreviations

Appendix A. Chronology of Florentine Bishops to 1321

Appendix B. Comparison of a Bullettone Entry with Its Model

Appendix C. Episcopal Castelli in the Diocese of Florence, 1000-1250

Appendix D. Entries in the Bullettone According to Date, Region, and Type

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674258914
Author:
Dameron, George W.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Dameron, George
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church Administration
Subject:
Ritual & Practices
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Bishops
Subject:
Church property
Subject:
Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Subject:
Florence Region (Italy) Economic conditions.
Subject:
Patronage, Ecclesiastical.
Subject:
Florence Region
Subject:
Christianity - Ritual & Practice
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Christian Rituals & Practice - General
Subject:
Church history -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Subject:
Catholic Church - Italy - Florence Region -
Subject:
World History-Italy
Subject:
History - Medieval
Subject:
Religion : Christianity - Episcopalian
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Harvard Historical Studies (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
0107
Publication Date:
19910226
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
284
Dimensions:
9.61x6.53x1.11 in. 1.47 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This first detailed study of the bishops of Florence tells the story of a dynamic Italian lordship during the most prosperous period of the Middle Ages. Drawing upon a rich base of primary sources, Dameron demonstrates that the nature of the Florentine episcopal lordship results from the tension between seigneurial pressure and peasant resistance. Implicit throughout is the assumption that episcopal lordship relied upon both the bishop's jurisdictional power and his spiritual or sacramental power.

The story of the Florentine bishops illuminates important moments in Italian history. The development of the Florentine elite, for example, is closely tied to the political and economic privileges they derived from their access to ecclesiastical property. A study of the bishopric's vast holdings in the major river valleys surrounding Florence also provides valuable insight into the nature of the interrelation between city and countryside. Comparisons with lordships in other Italian cities contrast with and define the nature of medieval lordship.

This economic, social, and political history addresses issues of concern to a wide audience of historians: the emergence of the commune, the social development of the nobility, the nature of economic change before the Black Death, and the transition from feudalism to capitalism.

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