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By David Rosenthal

For greater than a century the artisans and labourers of Renaissance Florence became the town into their very own 'empire' in periods of public joyful celebration. From the republic of the overdue 1400s via to the grand duchy of the early 17th century, as much as 40 brigades of guys known as the potenze, or powers, elected kings, carved out territories, and entered right into a discussion with electorate and with their Medici buyers.

This research strains the increase and fall of this carnivalesque tradition for the 1st time. It describes how staff represented themselves, their neighbourhoods, and their trades at the public level via rituals equivalent to stone-fighting and jousting, and divulges how the politics of this festive global have been heavily associated with daily styles of social bargaining round the individual of the prince. within the early 1600s the micro-states of the potenze have been in part suppressed and so they steadily disappeared from the Florentine city degree. The account of this variation provided the following exhibits how Tridentine reform and fiscal drawback mixed to undermine hypermasculine carnival ritual as a language of civic agreement, confining the potenze to creating pilgrimages to shrines and convents within the Florentine nation-state. whilst it really is proven how fiscal and non secular swap empowered teams of artisan ladies to soak up the version of the potenze as a way to make their very own collective pilgrimages open air the town partitions.

throughout the tale of the potenze, this ebook offers clean insights into the dynamics of sophistication and gender kin, and the character of organization, in early glossy Italy.

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187: for Pagni in 1588, sec Parte, 45, fol. 59'. San lacopo has continuous records of company decisions from 1575, and these include a complete trattt of office holders until I 587. While there is no continuous membership lists, the confraternit y selected a new governor and two counsellors every four months. The potmze men arc absent here and also in a lisr of twelve men assigned to revise the confraternity's statutes in 1589. CRS, 1257, no. 3. fols 99'-1 00'. Evc:n if they were members, which appears unlikely, their profile: was nil.

Tot Parte:, nb, 340, unpag. Overall, the most common origins of the fifty-five declared non· Florc:ntincs were Ferrara and Montopoli (five each) and Lucca, Genoa, and Cavandla {three each). Other major places outside the stato fiorentino include Siena, Faenza, Perugia, Venice, Vincenza, Parma, and Bologna. There were two Genoese confraternities in the Camaldoli district by the later sixteenth century. One, in existence by 1525, was dedicated to San Bastiano in the church of San Frcdiano; before 1589, it moved to the Carmine.

9'. , u, 1, 120, fol. 12". For the: commune: passing a proportion of fines to the: Misericordia, from 1503, the: earliest notice: we prc:sc:ntly have: of the: confratc:rnity's c:xistc:ncc:, sec Statuti, 114, fols 53'; 115, fols 11'-12'. When the: Misericordia took over the: running of the: hospital in 1560, which had long bc:c:n claimed by the: commune:, this may not have: bc:c:n the: first time:, since: the: confratcrnity said it had been united with the: hospital in 1526; CRS, 1485, MCXXX, pt.

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