Social Mobility in Medieval Italy (1100-1500)

edited by Sandro Carocci and Isabella Lazzarini
Collana: Viella Historical Research, 8
Pubblicazione: Gennaio 2018
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This volume aims to investigate the complex theme of social mobility in medieval Italy both by comparing Italian research to contemporary international studies in various European contexts, and by analysing a broad range of themes and specific case studies. Medieval social mobility as a European phenomenon, in fact, still awaits a systematic analysis, and has seldom been investigated iuxta propria principia in social, political and economic history.
The essays in the book deal with a number of crucial problems: how is social mobility investigated in European and Mediterranean contexts? How did classic mobility channels such as the Church, officialdom, trade, the law, the lordship or diplomacy contribute to shaping the many variables at play in late medieval societies, and to changing – and challenging – inequality? How did movements and changes in social spaces become visible, and what were their markers? What were the dynamics at the heart of the processes of social mobility in the many territorial contexts of the Italian peninsula?

  • Sandro Carocci - Isabella Lazzarini, Introduction
  • 1. Frameworks
    • Christopher Dyer, Social Mobility in Medieval England
    • François Menant, La mobilité sociale dans la France médiévale et son historiographie
    • Pierre Monnet, La mobilité sociale dans les villes de l’Empire germanique à la fin du Moyen Age
    • Frederik Buylaert - Sam Geens, Social Mobility in the Medieval Low Countries (1100-1600)
    • David Igual Luis, The Christian Kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula (1100-1500): Concepts, Facts and Problems Concerning Social Mobility
  • 2. Surveys
    • Sandro Carocci, Italian Church and Social Mobility (1200-1500)
    • Andrea Gamberini, Officialdom in the Early Renaissance State. A Channel of Social Mobility? Hints from the Case of Lombardy under the Visconti and the Sforza
    • Giuseppe Petralia, Social, Economic and Political Upward Mobilities. On Communal Italy in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
    • Simone M. Collavini, Mobility and Lordship
    • Isabella Lazzarini, Italian Diplomacy: an Open Social Field (1350-1520 ca.)
    • Sergio Tognetti, Businessmen and Social Mobility in Late Medieval Italy
    • Serena Ferente, Women, Lifecycles, and Social Mobility in Late Medieval Italy
    • Giuliano Milani, Cacciaguida as Sociologist. Representations and Social Change in the Italian Communes
  • 3. Themes
    • Francesco Senatore - Pierluigi Terenzi, Aspects of Social Mobility in the Towns of the Kingdom of Naples (1300-1500)
    • Bianca de Divitiis, Architecture and Social Mobility: New Approches to the Southern Renaissance
    • Alessandro Silvestri, Social Mobility in Late Medieval Sicily: Continuity and Change
    • Olivetta Schena, Aspects of Social Mobility in the Kingdom of Sardinia (1300-1500)
    • Massimo Della Misericordia, Common Goods in the Flow of Social Mobility. Res, Values, and Distinction in Rural Environments (1200-1600)
    • Maria Elena Cortese, Rural Milites in Central and Northern Italy between Local Elites and Aristocracy (1100-1300)
    • Alma Poloni, Italian Communal Cities and the Thirteenth-Century Commercial Revolution: Economic Change, Social Mobility, and Cultural Models
    • Lorenzo Tanzini, Guilds of Notaries and Lawyers in Communal Italy (1200-1500). Institutions, Social Contexts, and Policies
    • Jean-Claude Maire Vigueur, Conclusions
  • Index
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