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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 merely ten years later, the younger prince's court docket used to be a dynamic neighborhood the place arts, coverage making, and the panoply of country have been built-in with the rhythms and preoccupations of lifestyle. Gregory Lubkin explores this very important yet missed middle of strength, permitting the contributors of the Milanese court docket to talk for themselves and exhibiting how dramatically Milan and its ruler exemplified the political, cultural, non secular, and fiscal aspirations of Renaissance Italy.

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25 This study has been written largely from collections in the Archirio di Stato di Milan, supplemented by crucial documents in other Milanese repositories. The Sforza archives in Milan are remarkably extensive, preserving much of the material so diligently gathered by the dukes' Privy Chancery Page xv (Cancelleria Segreta). In addition, substantial collections of notarial, family, and institutional archives provide sources on other aspects of Milanese life. For the reign of Galeazzo Maria Sforza alone, the Archivio di Stato, Milan, holds millions of pages of administrative documents, personal letters, diplomatic correspondence, formal documents and notarial briefs, records from religious houses and local governments, and more.

4 After eight hundred years, Walter Map's witty and learned words still ring true. Historians have agreed far more about what happens in a princely court than about what a princely court is. "5 The royal court of England in which Map lived was one of the great courts in medieval Europe; its protean quality was characteristic of the period. That Angevin court developed from its Anglo-Norman predecessor, which a historian has described in the following terms: In its strictly feudal aspect, the Curia Regis was the Court to which the King's tenants owed suit and service.

Commissario: Commissar. For a city, the top ducal civil officer, responsible for political matters; often combined with the position of podesta. The ducal administration also included commissari who supervised specific activities, such as military administration or construction work. Galuppo: Mounted servant, with various military and civil functions. A position of low prestige, generally, and not closely linked to the court. Page xxii Gentiluomo: Gentleman. The term gentiluomo (pl. " It was used often in the Sforza court as a technical term for a specific position within the court: a courtier with a substantial income and high rank, assigned to perform dignified duties in the duke's or duchess's court (and in a few cases, both).

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