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Changing Layers of Jurisdiction. Northern and Central Italian States in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Times

Changing Layers of Jurisdiction. Northern and Central Italian States in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Times

By Ann Katherine Isaacs

Communities in European History: Representations, Jurisdictions, Conflicts, edited by Juan Pan-Montojo and Frederik Pedersen (Pisa University Press, 2007)

Abstract: The variety of states, small and large, present in the Italian peninsula from the 14th to the 16th centuries provide insights into the complex ways in which jurisdictional structures in that period responded to the pressure of internal and external events and processes. This chapter looks particularly at how urban and territorial jurisdictions were organized in some central and northern Italian states and how they were reorganised when new territories were conquered and annexed. Examples are given of changes in the central jurisdictional structures in response to the military and political challenges of the early modern age.

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