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Giangaleazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan (1351–1402)

Giangaleazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan (1351–1402)
A Study in the Political Career of an Italian Despot


  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521234559

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  • Giangaleazzo Visconti (1351–1402) was the first Duke of Milan and ruled the city just before the beginning of the Renaissance. He is well known for his attempt to create a unified northern Italy by conquering the other cities in the valley of the Po. Although this attempt failed, he remains a figure of key importance in the history of late medieval Europe. This volume, which was originally published in 1941, constitutes the first full account of his life. Whilst the process of biography was rendered difficult by a lack of first-hand documentation - the carefully accumulated material in Giangaleazzo's chanceries was destroyed when the Castello of Milan was razed to the ground - an idea of his character was developed through the use of evidence from other government sources. The end product will be of value to anyone with an interest in Giangaleazzo and medieval European history.

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521234559
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Italy in the fourteenth century. The growth of the Visconti state
    2. Giangaleazzo's early years: the Count of Vertus in Piedmontese politics (1378–85)
    3. Giangaleazzo and Bernabó: the hermit of Pavia (1378–85)
    4. Northern Italy and the fall of Bernabó (1385). The new Lord of Milan
    5. The Visconti state: the government of Lomardy and Giangaleazzo's administrative reforms (1385–9)
    6. The political divisions of Italy. The new situation in Piedmont
    the betrothal of Valentina, and the great schism (1385–9)
    7. The conquest of eastern Lombardy (1385–8)
    8. Giangaleazzo and Florence: the delineation of the Tuscan problem (1385–8)
    9. Giangaleazzo and Florence: the drift to war (December 1388–April 1390)
    10. The first war against Florence (May 1390–January 1392)
    11. The Visconti dominions and the war. The aftermath of the war: the League of Bologna (1392)
    12. Giangaleazzo and France: the 'Kingdom of Adria'. Giangaleazzo and the League of Bologna. Giangaleazzo and Germany (1393–May 1395)
    13. The Duke of Milan and his court
    14. Giangaleazzo and the negotiations for an imperial–papal alliance. The difficulties of the League of Bologna. The Franco–Florentine alliance (September 1395–October 1396)
    15. The Mantuan war (November 1396–May 1398)
    16. Lombardy during the Mantuan war. The collapse of the League of Bologna, and Giangaleazzo's policy at the truce of Pavia (1397–May 1938)
    17. From the truce of Pavia to the peace of Venice: the acquisition of Pisa, Siena and Perugia (May 1398–March 1400)
    18. Giangaleazzo and the states of Western Europe: the deposition of Wenceslaus and the Italian expedition of Rupert of Bavaria (1400–April 1402)
    19. The rule of Giovanni Bentivoglio in Bologna. The policy of Venice during the German expedition, and Giangaleazzo's conquest of Bologna (1401–June 1402)
    20. Giangaleazzo and Florence (1402)
    21. The state of Lombardy at the time of Giangaleazzo's death (1402)
    22. Conclusion

  • Author

    D. M. Bueno de Mesquita

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