By David M. D'Andrea
Civic Christianity in Renaissance Italy explores the customarily refined and occasionally harsh realities of existence at the Venetian mainland. concentrating on the confraternity of Santa Maria dei Battuti and its Ospedale, the e-book addresses a few well-established and newly articulated historiographical questions: the governance of territorial states, the civic and non secular function of confraternities, the prestige of girls and marginalized teams, and well known spiritual devotion. Adapting the targets and techniques of microhistory, D'Andrea has written neither a standard background of political subjugation nor a simple survey of terrible reduction. as an alternative, thematic chapters survey the actions of a strong non secular brotherhood (Santa Maria dei Battuti) and rfile the interconnected neighborhood, neighborhood, and foreign components that shaped the social international of Venetian matters. Grounded in formerly unexplored archival fabric, the ebook is an leading edge research of the nexus among neighborhood faith and Venetian territorial energy, offering students with this primary scholarly monograph of town that served because the keystone of Venice's mainland empire. This unique method of the serious dating among provincial powers and the principal executive additionally contributes to different vital components of historic inquiry, together with the historical past of renowned faith, bad reduction, drugs, and schooling. David D'Andrea is affiliate professor of background at Oklahoma kingdom collage.
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Indd Sec1:23 1/5/2007 5:41:20 PM 24 Civic Christianity in Renaissance Italy Land was the cornerstone of the confraternity’s wealth, but the Battuti did not rely only on the income generated from their numerous possessions. They also sought ways to maximize their income in order to meet their growing responsibilities. 47 They not only used and rented the inherited mills; they built a mill on a piece of land ideally located along the Sile. 48 Building on the Sile or diverting water from it was strictly controlled by Venetian authorities, who realized that the rivers were the lifeblood of their trading empire; therefore, the Battuti had to seek authorization from authorities in the dominant city.
The trained legal minds of the Battuti leadership also vigorously defended their privileges on the basis of statutory precedent. 120 The confraternity appealed to its own statutes, not those of Treviso, when arguing to protect its sovereignty against Venetian interference. Venice officially recognized the special privileges and independence of the confraternity in two ducal letters from the end of the fifteenth century. In June 1497, in the midst of a legal case, two ducal letters declared that the podestà had no right to meddle in the administration of the hospital, which had governed itself with its ancient constitution and privileges.
111 This official ceremony and the other formal processions involving the presence of the podestà provided the Venetian official with an intimate view of the confraternity and its works, so when it came time for the Battuti to make appeals to Venice, the podestà would readily attest to the important function they served in the city as well as their genuine religious devotion. The good works that the confraternity performed kept Venetian officials from interfering with the Battuti and won the brothers a number of important concessions and privileges.
Civic Christianity in Renaissance Italy: The Hospital of Treviso, 1400-1530 (Changing Perspectives on Early Modern Europe) by David M. D'Andrea