In this colorful depiction of daily political life in Baroque Rome, Laurie Nussdorfer argues that the 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 S.P.Q.R. (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 maneuvered 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
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110691031827
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 691031827
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0691031827