By Gregory Lubkin
Bold, extravagant, revolutionary, and sexually infamous, Galeazzo Maria Sforza inherited the ducal throne of Milan in 1466, on the age of 22. even if his reign ended tragically basically ten years later, the younger prince's court docket was once a dynamic group the place arts, coverage making, and the panoply of nation have been built-in with the rhythms and preoccupations of everyday life. Gregory Lubkin explores this important yet neglected heart of energy, permitting the individuals of the Milanese courtroom to talk for themselves and displaying how dramatically Milan and its ruler exemplified the political, cultural, spiritual, and financial aspirations of Renaissance Italy.
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21 Women in Lombard Society The list of women invited to attend Galeazzo's wedding illustrates the extent to which Lombard society was dominated by men. With the exception of Galeazzo's half-sister Drusiana and "Brigida de Cittadinis, wife of the Church," the two hundred women were listed only as wives (or daughters, daughters-in-law, or fiancées) of the prominent men who provided their political identity: "The wife of Sir Branda Castiglione," "The daughter-in-law of Giovanni Corio," "The wife of the Magnificent lord Pietro Pusterla, and his daughters and daughter-in-law," and so forth.
18 Such intellectual despair is unnecessary. The basic meaning of "court" is quite straightforward, and its application to the princely context is not mysterious. 19 The Indo-European root of "court" also appears today in the English word garden and the Russian grad (city). ), and even legal courts. All of these examples take their identity from their enclosed character. None of these enclosed spaces is impermeable or inaccessible, though; being enclosed does not mean being sealed. Persons and objects can pass into and out of a court through designated points of entry and exit.
Thanks are due also to others who taught me much at UC Berkeley: Thomas Barnes, William Bouwsma, Stanley Brandes, Robert Brentano, Natalie Z. Davis, and Randolph Starn. Eugene Irschick shared many insights in postdoctoral discussions. Colleagues and friends in the United States helped me greatly, especially Richard Curtis, Mark Fissel, and Kidder Smith from Berkeley; Frances Gouda, Jonathan Knudsen, and Katherine Park at Wellesley College; and Simon Schama, David Harris Sacks, Elisabeth Swain, and other members of the Cambridge Symposium on Early Modem History.