By Gregory Lubkin
Bold, 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 in simple terms ten years later, the younger prince's court docket was once a dynamic neighborhood the place arts, coverage making, and the panoply of kingdom have been built-in with the rhythms and preoccupations of everyday life. Gregory Lubkin explores this very important yet ignored heart of strength, permitting the individuals of the Milanese court docket to talk for themselves and exhibiting how dramatically Milan and its ruler exemplified the political, cultural, non secular, and monetary aspirations of Renaissance Italy.
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His large and prosperous holdings in the district of Parma also became a virtual ''state," its independence facilitated by its distance from Milan. 10 The Rossi were an important family in Parma, but they did not achieve a dominant position until the fifteenth century. Pier Maria held dozens of castles. Twenty-one of them were depicted at his favorite residence, in a Bembo fresco that combines a statement of political domination with a vivid illustration of amour courtois. 11 Another powerful and independent-minded count, Giovanni Borromeo, held an almost autonomous fief in the Alps around Lago Maggiore.
Page xix Author's Notes Units of Money Prices and wages in Sforza Milan could be figured in several different monetary units. The two units of account used most commonly during the reign of Galeazzo Maria Sforza were the imperial pound (libra or lira) and the ducat, which was based on the Venetian unit of the same name and worth roughly the same as the Florentine florin. The pound was divided in the classical Roman manner into 20 soldi of 12 denari each. The ducat was worth about 80 soldi, thus, 4 pounds.
Among colleagues encountered while I was at Villa I Tatti, I benefited particularly from Page xviii the contributions of Paul Barolsky, Bonnie Bennett, Giulia Calvi, Salvatore Camporeale, Bill Connell, Janez Höfler, Bill Kent, Honey Meconi, Diamante Ordine, David Quint, Charles Robertson, Thomas Roche, Patricia Rubin, Janice Shell, and Joanna Woods-Marsden. I am very grateful for the valuable assistance of the staff at Villa I Tatti and the Biblioteca Berenson. My thanks to Craig Hugh Smyth, for inviting me to speak at a 1984 conference there, and to Louis George Clubb, for her directorship while I was a fellow.
A Renaissance Court: Milan under Galeazzo Maria Sforza by Gregory Lubkin