John Law is concerned here with the administration of the Venetian state in the late 14th and 15th centuries, and specifically with its possessions on the mainland of Italy. These gave Venice dangerously exposed and lengthy land frontiers, and also included a number of cities whose loyalties were not to be taken for granted. Verona, Friuli and the Trentino are the focus of several articles, while others look at the people and families involved, and at Venice's relations with its powerful neighbours, from Milan to Hungary. The studies demonstrate the substantial nature of Venetian involvement with the 'Terraferma', well-established by the start of the 15th century, and examine the impact on the Venetian government itself of these mainland dominions.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; The Venetian mainland state in the 15th century; Un confronto fra due stati ’rinascimentali’: Venezia e il dominio sforzesco; Age qualification and the Venetian constitution: the case of the Capello family; Relations between Venice and the provinces of the mainland; A clerical chronicler of c. 1400: Clemente Miari of Belluno; Venice and the problem of sovereignty in the Patria del Friuli, 1421; Venetian rule in the Patria del Friuli in the early 15th century: problems of justification; La caduta degli Scaligeri; Venice, Verona and the della Scala after 1405; Verona and the Venetian state in the 15th century; The beginnings of Venetian rule in Verona; Venice and the ’closing’ of the Veronese constitution in 1405; ’Super differentiis agitatis Venetiis inter districtuales et civitatem’: Venezia, Verona e il contado nel ’400; Lo Stato veneziano e le castellanÃ¬e di Verona; The Cittadella of Verona; A new frontier: Venice and the Trentino in the early 15th century; Index.
'This collection embodies one of the most significant developments in recent writing on the Venetian state...remarkably useful ...these essays form an eye-opening introduction to the neglected subject regions of Venice...The specially written introduction is a superlative compression of the major historiographical developments of the last forty years.' History 'Individually, (the essays) present valuable insights into the politics and society of terraferma communities from Verona to Friuli during the period of Venice's mainland expansion. Collectively, they are a healthy corrective to the insularity and exclusivity of so much twentieth-century writing on the history of Venice.... essential reading for the next generation of Venetianists.' Renaissance Studies