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1 Milan and Lombardy in the Era of the Visconti and the Sforza

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The advent of the Visconti signoria was accomplished in ways not much different from those which saw the affirmation of signorial regimes in so many other cities at that time. The definitive breach with past practice seemed to come in the late thirteenth century, firstly with Napoleone Della Torre and then, after the victory at the battle of Desio in 1277, with the new signori Ottone Visconti, Guglielmo, marquis of Monferrato, and Matteo Visconti. Certainly, even during the Francesco Sforza era, Milan as the capital continued to enjoy a series of privileges in taxation and food-supply compared to other cities of the duchy. The defeat of Lodrisio Visconti at Parabiago in 1339 marked the definitive containment of Mastino II Della Scala ambitions in western Lombardy and the indisputable primacy of the signori of Milan.

Keywords: Francesco Sforza era; Lodrisio Visconti; Lombardy; Mastino II Della Scala; Matteo Visconti; Milan; Napoleone Della Torre; signoria



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