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From Tuscany To The Patrimony, 1328/1329

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With the capture of Pistoia in August 1328, Castruccio was closer to realizing his dream of uncontested mastery in Tuscany than at any other point in his remarkable career. The emperor had moved on to Rome, leaving Castruccio free to pursue his ambitions in Tuscany; with Pistoia in his grip once again and the legate’s forces driven from the field, Castruccio was ready at last to strike at Florence. The flamboyant conqueror who had loomed over the affairs of Tuscany for more than two decades left a surprisingly fragile legacy. With the realization of the pope’s principal objectives in the Tuscan theater, the first phase of Orsini’s legation came to an end. The partisan networks that linked the Guelfs and Ghibellines of one Tuscan city to their counterparts in another were less developed in, or altogether absent from, the towns of the Patrimony.

Keywords: Cardinal Giovanni Gaetano Orsini; Castruccio; Patrimony; Tuscany



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