By Gregory Lubkin
Formidable, extravagant, revolutionary, and sexually infamous, Galeazzo Maria Sforza inherited the ducal throne of Milan in 1466, on the age of 22. even if his reign ended tragically merely ten years later, the younger prince's court docket was once a dynamic group the place arts, coverage making, and the panoply of kingdom have been built-in with the rhythms and preoccupations of way of life. Gregory Lubkin explores this very important yet neglected heart of energy, permitting the contributors of the Milanese courtroom to talk for themselves and exhibiting how dramatically Milan and its ruler exemplified the political, cultural, spiritual, and fiscal aspirations of Renaissance Italy.
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It was he who effectively established the family's lordship (signorìa) and the general shape of Milanese political life for centuries to come. Shortly after his entry into the city, Ottone published a list of some two hundred family names, from which would henceforth be chosen the ordinaries of the Metropolitan Church. That list, which included all of the Visconti's noble allies and some of their bourgeois supporters, came to be accepted as the criterion for nobility within the city of Milan. Even in the fifteenth century, the dukes created noble families by adding their names to this list.
Page iii A Renaissance Court Milan Under Galeazzo Maria Sforza Gregory Lubkin University of California Press Berkeley / Los Angeles / London Page iv University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University of California Press London, England Copyright © 1994 by The Regents of the University of California Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lubkin, Gregory. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Title. 48-1984 Page v This book is dedicated to my parents, James and Marianne Lubkin, and to my late grandfather, Walther Buchholz, who opened the way to history for me Page vii Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments xvii Author's Notes xix Glossary xxi Archival Abbreviations xxiii Prologue (March 1466) 1 1 "The Second Prince and Lord in Italy" The Milanese Dominion and Its Rulers 4 2 "To Give Form and Order to Matters of Our Court" Galeazzo Lays the Groundwork for His Reign (1466-1468) 28 3 "The Prince Himself Becomes More Eminent" Galeazzo Establishes His Princely Presence (1468-1470) 66 4 "He Was .
Galeazzo's reign seemed to offer a better opportunity to view a repre- Page xiv sentative Renaissance court in action. It came as a surprise to discover how much information survived from that short-lived court and how important it was. My investigation of Galeazzo's court was an inquiry without preconceptions. The fifth duke of Milan has been remembered mainly for his dramatic death and some personal excesses that were played up by Machiavelli and other contemporary historians. It took years of research to discover the full dimensions of Galeazzo's fascinating story.
A Renaissance Court: Milan under Galeazzo Maria Sforza by Gregory Lubkin