Feudalità e centri urbani: il controllo baronale del territorio attraverso la fondazione di città nella Sicilia orientale del Trecento

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Abstract

[automatically translated] The contribution makes an analysis of the ways in which some Sicilian feudal lords built and rinsaldarono their power through the city foundation. The period considered is the fourteenth century, a period rather complex for the Sicilian history due to a weak royal power and an aggressive nobility and daring, especially after the death of Frederick III. The geographical area in question has taken the eastern Sicily, a large part of the territory where there are the most powerful noble Sicilian families owners of counties and lordships: the Alagona, the Chiaromonte, the Red and Aragon. As part of the bitter disputes between these families, the building, or rebuilding, of a fortified urban center it turned out to be a task of paramount importance for control of territory and the economic repercussions generated by those who, attracted by the many references, moved there helping to swell the coffers of the ladies. No less important motives were self-celebration and the ostentation of his own greatness, aspects that a city is able to manifest with the name, the fortifications and defensive walls. The work of urbanization took place in Sicily in the fourteenth century follows an original path than the rest of Europe, since it finds its reasons in a state of permanent war that sees the monarchy to lose control of the kingdom in favor of the local feudal. Territorial and cultural change, due to the emergence of urban centers,
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationAtlante delle città fondate in Italia dal Tardomedioevo al Novecento. Italia centro-meridionale e insulare.
Pages65-72
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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