By Samuel Kline Cohn Jr

The records during this stimulating quantity span from 1245 to 1424 yet concentrate on the 'contagion of uprising' from 1355 to 1382 that within the wake of the plague. They contain a range of resources and canopy various types of well known protest in numerous social, political and monetary settings. Their authors variety throughout a large political and highbrow horizon and contain revolutionaries, the artistocracy, retailers and representatives from the church. They inform gripping and infrequently grotesque tales of non-public and collective violence, ache, anger, terror, bravery, and foolishness.

Of over 2 hundred records awarded right here, such a lot were translated into English for the 1st time, delivering scholars and students with a brand new chance to match social hobbies throughout Europe over centuries, permitting a re-assessment of pre-industrial revolts, the Black dying and its outcomes for political tradition and action.

This ebook can be crucial examining for these looking to larger comprehend well known attitudes and protest in medieval Europe.

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For my counter-argument with regard to late-fourteenthand fifteenth-century Florence, see my Creating the Florentine State: Peasants and Rebellion, 1348–1434 (Cambridge, 1999), pp. 5–7. 14 POPULAR PROTEST IN LATE MEDIEVAL EUROPE and material conditions. Far from inevitably recording defeat and bloody repression, many of these documents evince that such challenges could topple governments, end with redrafted constitutions, and even overturn social hierarchies: weavers, fullers, carders, and other minuti, ‘vile plebes’ ‘those of little wealth’ or ‘those without underpants’ grabbed the reins of power, banished old oligarchs and aristocrats from their cities and territories, and established new governments.

He was a member of the upper-class guild of bankers (Arte del Cambio) and in 1300 became a partner of the large and prestigious firm of the Peruzzi – the second largest bank in Florence. From 1302 to 1307 he worked for the firm in Flanders. In 1316, 1317, 1321, 1322, and 1328 he was elected as a prior in the Florentine Signoria – the highest office of the land. 26 How the lower classes [popolo minuto]27 of Bruges rebelled [si rubellò] against the king of France and killed the French. As we left off in the last chapter, the king of France possessed complete control over the government of Flanders, and the count [of Flanders]28 and two of his sons were in the king’s prison in 1299.

24 and 78. 12 POPULAR PROTEST IN LATE MEDIEVAL EUROPE taxmen seized upon to levy the new subsidies on 1 March 1382 [136]. Similarly, a servant woman’s scream was the cause of a blood bath of foreign ecclesiastic dignitaries and their servants in Viterbo on 5 September 1367. Outraged at the sight of the cardinal of Carcassonne’s retainer washing the cardinal’s ‘pretty little dog’ in the neighbourhood drinking fountain, she screamed and was immediately done in by the retainer’s sword. This action then brought the artisan neighbourhood of Scarlano into the streets [77].

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