Nobiltà allo specchio. Ordine di Malta e mobilità sociale nella Sicilia moderna

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[automatically translated] Malo quam they videri. The documentary source of nobility processes of military orders (or religious-chivalric), and the Order of Malta in particular, has proven its usefulness as a "mirror" in which to follow the evolution of a society - in particular that of Sicily along the centuries of the modern age - in flux and, therefore, the scene of frequent conflicts between families seeking political and economic success. Like all representations of a society, that resulting from the processes of nobility is of course an image indirectly reflected by the uniqueness of the source used. The careful analysis of the individual dossier of nobility processes often reveals a reality ruled by kinship and patronage logic: lecture notes, recommendations, complicity, but also clashes between families and patriziati competitors or between the same institutional responsible to the judgment of the Order of nobility evidence, within which, moreover, do not always reached unanimous consent. The result of the processes - promotion or rejection - it was not always thus a reflection of the true condition of the candidate: look mattered more to be!
Original languageItalian
PublisherAssociazione Mediterranea
Number of pages400
ISBN (Print)978-88-902393-8-0
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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