Enrico Faini

Literature and Politics in 12th-Century Po Valley Cities

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This essay investigates some historiographical Lombard texts from the 12th century, which seem to allude to different conceptions of the relationship between the cities; specifically, a hegemonic Milanese perspective stands in opposition to a more egalitarian view. These texts seem to be the expression of a debate on political themes, and some historical facts play a decisive role in this debate. The survey therefore shows a possible use of historical knowledge for practical purposes.


  • Political Debate
  • City-Communes
  • 12th Century
  • Medieval Historiography


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