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Oligarchy: Councils Of The Popolo

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In this chapter, The author analyzes the major legislative body of the commune and popolo, a body that reached 1,400 members each semester at its peak size. The surviving documentation makes it possible to ask how great were the ties of family among the members of the councils, how frequently individuals and families held office, and how those patterns changed between 1282, when the popolo achieved supremacy, and 1327, when the anzianate and Consiglio del Popolo were suppressed by the establishment of the signoria of Cardinal Bertrando del Poggetto. The author has analyzed these data in two ways, first by how many and which societies had one or more relatives in the contingents they elected to the Consiglio del Popolo in a particular semester, and secondly, by family affiliations in those contingents over time, in order to test for the persistence of particular families' participation over the period.

Keywords: anzianate; cardinal bertrando del poggetto; popolo; signoria



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