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6 Allegiance and Rebellion I: The Fifteenth Century

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For barons and lords of castles, loyal service to their employer as condottieri could, in some circumstances, expose them to accusations of treachery by the enemy, if that enemy happened to be a prince or republic that claimed their allegiance as vassals or subjects. Castellans whose lands lay to the west around Parma, who in the early fifteenth century had enjoyed a similar degree of autonomy to that of the Imperial fiefholders of the Modenese and Reggiano, were not able to maintain it. The rebellion and civil war in the early years of Ferrante's reign from 1459 to 1464 was just business as usual for the barons of the kingdom, a resumption of the turmoil that characterized the reigns of the last Angevin monarchs of Naples. Support from Neapolitan barons had been crucial in Alfonso of Aragon's conquest, and he made concessions to them in order to keep it.

Keywords: Castellans; civil war; Ferrante; fifteenth century; Naples; Neapolitan barons; rebellion



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