By Trevor Dean
One of many states of past due medieval Italy, one stands proud for its unfamiliarity to an English viewers and for its overlook in ancient study: that of the Este kin, lords (later Dukes) of the towns of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio in northern Italy. This booklet is the 1st glossy try and offer an in depth research of the political constitution of this nation in response to archive resources. a lot of the e-book is worried with the methods wherein the Este used their mammoth landed assets in and round Ferrara to accumulate and make stronger their own political authority either inside of and outdoors their dominions. one of the significant topics tested are the continued presence of political feudalism within the family among the Este and their supporters, where of the court docket in Ferrarese noble society, and the violent imposition of Este authority over the strong nobles of the Apennine hills.
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S. , Venice, 1873-4), vol. 2, pp. 50, 52. ASF, Archivio Tassoni, 111/17, 18. 50 The early fifteenth century saw the first major step towards direct control of the abbey: in 1405 Pandolfo Malatesta had been appointed its administrator and in 1407 he agreed with Niccolo d'Este to renounce his office (in return for the revenues of some other benefices) and to support Niccolo's nomination of a successor. 51 It is not clear how effective this agreement was, but in 1413 Niccolo obtained from the Pope, as part of the price of his entry into the Florentine-Papal league, a promise to grant Pomposa in commendam to Baldassare Sala, brother of one of Niccolo's favourites and already Niccolo's administrator of the church of S.
31 The more important abbey of Pomposa, near the coast on the Po di Volano (see Map 4) preserved its lands and jurisdictions much longer. 37 The process of Este encroachment on this compact ecclesiastical lordship began in the mid-twelfth century and was finally complete in the later fifteenth, with the transfer of the monks to Padua and of much of their lands, in bulk, to the Estensi. , b. 25. , b. 25; A. Ostoja, 'Vicende della commenda pomposiana in relazione al piano di assorbimento della signoria estense', Analecta Pomposiana, 1965, pp.
N . Grimaldi, La signoria di Barnabo Visconti e di Regina della Scala in Reggio 1371—85 (Reggio, 1921), p p . 1-76. A. Vasina, 'La R o m a g n a estense', SR, 21 (1970). J. E. L a w , 'Popular unrest in Ferrara in 1385', in The Renaissance in Ferrara and its European Horizons, ed. J. Salmons and W . M o r e t t i (Cardiff and Ravenna, 1985). 20 Introduction followed in 1388 by yet another family conspiracy, against Niccolo II's successor, Alberto d'Este. Alberto's short reign (1388-93) was marked by a diplomatic volte-face in his alliance with the Visconti, which brought its reward in the brief recovery of Este itself in 13 89, a town the marquises had lost to Padua in the preceding century.