Absolutism in Renaissance Milan

Plenitude of Power under the Visconti and the Sforza 1329-1535
Author(s): 
Black, Jane
ISBN: 
9780199565290
Date published: 
October 2009
Hardback
Price: 
£60.00

Black shows how authority above the law, once the preserve of pope and emperor, was seized, exploited, and eventually relinquished, by the ruling Milanese dynasties. Lawyers supported the free use of absolute power at first, but both sides eventually realized that society could not function unless property and other rights were respected.