Civic Politics in the Rome of Urban VIII

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In this depiction of daily political life in Baroque Rome, Laurie Nussdorfer argues that lay persons managed to sustain a civic government under the increased papal absolutism of Urban VIII (1623-1644), who oversaw both sacred and secular life. Focusing on the SPQR (the Senate and Roman People), which was administered from the Capitoline Hill, she shows that it provided political representation for lay members of the urban elite, carried out the work of local government, and served as a symbol of the Roman voice in public life. Through a detailed study of how civic authorities derived their sense of legitimacy and how lay subjects manoeuvered in informal and disguised ways to block or criticize the papal regime, the author advances a new way of conceiving politics under an absolute ruler. As Nussdorfer analyzes the complex interactions between the lay administration and Urban VIII and his family, the papal administration, and Romans of the upper and lower classes, she also provides fresh insights into the actual practice of early modern government. She takes the plague threat of the early 1630s, the War of Castro (1641-1644), and the interregnum following the Pope's death as important test cases of the state's power in times of crisis.

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"Nussdorfer's exemplary social history of political culture in the long reign of Urban VIII (1623-44) is committed to delineating the structures of society and power, explicating the language of cooperation and coercion, examining the tensions between ruler and ruled, and understanding the logic behind the vying political pretensions of overlapping jurisdictions." --Sixteenth Century Journal


List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Units of Money and Weight
Introduction 3
Pt. I The Roman Setting
Ch. 1 A Holy City 21
Ch. 2 The Economic Conjuncture 27
Ch. 3 The Nodes of Power 33
Ch. 4 A Web of Jurisdictions 45
Pt. II The Roman People
Ch. 5 A Civic Space 60
Ch. 6 A Civic Nobility 95
Pt. III The Politics of Jurisdiction
Ch. 7 Marketplace 118
Ch. 8 Guilds 128
Ch. 9 Vassals 136
Ch. 10 Plague 145
Pt. IV The Politics of Patronage
Ch. 11 The Network of Relationships 168
Ch. 12 Civic Revenues and the Papacy 186
Pt. V The Politics of Accommodation and Protest
Ch. 13 The War of Castro 205
Ch. 14 The Vacant See 228
Conclusion 254
Bibliography 259
Index 277

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Nussdorfer, Laurie
Editore: Princeton University Press (1992)
ISBN 10: 0691031827 ISBN 13: 9780691031828
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0691031827

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