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8 Conclusion

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The position and role of the military nobility of Liguria, were greatly different in the 1550s to what they had been in the 1450s. These changes could only be attributed indirectly to the Italian Wars. Genoa's involvement in the wars, primarily through the French claims to dominion over the republic and the opposition among the Genoese, and other powers, to that, had brought to a head exasperation with the political factions and their disruptive role in Genoa, and paved the way for the radical revision of the constitution. The "new republic" successfully eliminated the role of the Campofregoso and Adorno factions, and hence the crucial role that the major clans of the military nobility had in determining which regime should prevail. The position of the Roman barons had been affected by the political changes throughout Italy, with the consequent eclipse of the system of military condotte.

Keywords: Genoa; Italian Wars; Liguria; military nobility; Roman barons



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