IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1307: New Perspectives on City Leagues and Alliances in 13th-Century Italy

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Gianluca Raccagni, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Gianluca Raccagni, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Paper 1307-aCity-Leagues in the Patrimony of St Peter: The Example of the League of the Umbrian Cities in 1251
(Language: English)
Christina Mayer, Mittelalterliche Geschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt Hoch- und Spätmittelalter, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1307-bFocusing on City Alliances through the Lens of the Podestà Literature (Advice Books for City Magistrates)
(Language: English)
David Napolitano, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Administration, Education, Language and Literature - Italian, Political Thought

Medieval Italy is generally perceived as a patchwork of individualistic and quarrelsome cities and principalities that were extremely jealous of their autonomy. Leagues and instances of cooperation among them have not attracted the attention that they deserve probably because, among other reasons, they have been frequently dismissed as little more than the products of mere temporary and ever-changing alliances, prime examples of histoire événementielle. This session aims to point towards a re-appraisal of the collaboration among the cities of 13th-century Italy by approaching it from a variety of points of view and typology of sources, from economic and political ties to the testimony of the literary genre of the advice books for city magistrates.