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The Virtues of Economy: Governance, Power, and Piety in Late Medieval Rome

James A. Palmer


The humanist perception of fourteenth-century Rome as a slumbering ruin awaiting the Renaissance and the return of papal power has cast a long shadow on the historiography of the city. Challenging the view, this book argues that Roman political culture underwent dramatic changes in the late Middle Ages, with profound and lasting implications for the city's subsequent development. The book examines the transformation of Rome's governing elites as a result of changes in the city's economic, political, and spiritual landscape. It explores this shift through the history of Roman political society, ... More

Keywords: Rome, Roman political culture, late Middle Ages, governing elite, Roman political society, Latin Christendom, Roman politics, papal sovereignty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501742378
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501742378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James A. Palmer, author
Florida State University

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