Parliaments in Naples during the Aragonese Era


Elisabetta Scarton
University of Udine
Francesco Senatore
University of Naples Federico II


Publisher: FedOA - Federico II University Press. 

Book Series: Regna. Texts and Studies on Institutions, Culture and Memory in Medieval Southern Italy

Pages: 540

Language: Italian.


Abstract: The volume edits all sources relating the Neapolitan parliaments during the Aragonese era. Reintroducted in Southern Italy by Alfonso the Magnanimous, parliaments were an important institution for the relations between the Crown, the barons ad the desmenial towns, although it was not the only occasion of negotiating. The analysis of seventeen parliaments and other similar assemblies (regional parliaments, afforced Royal Councils) allow us to study the entire history of the Kingdom from 1441 to 1500. In this context the authors examine the parliaments’ proceedings, records, motivations and conclusions. The Neapolitan parliaments were not regular but had important different functions, according to the historical context and the different positions of the Kings, on one side, and of summoned members, on the other side. Taxation and justice were the main issues of the political and symbolic confrontation between the sovereign and the subjects.

Author Biographies

Elisabetta Scarton, University of Udine

She is lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Udine. Her interests focus on italian Renaissance diplomacy (Corrispondenza degli ambasciatori fiorentini, I e II, Salerno 2002 e 2005; Giovanni Lanfredini. Uomo d’affari e diplomatico nell’Italia del Quattrocento, Firenze 2007), and on political institutions in Southern Italy and in the Patriarchate of Aquileia.

Francesco Senatore, University of Naples Federico II

He teaches medieval history at the University of Naples Federico II. He has worked on Italian diplomacy (Uno mundo de carta. Forme e strutture della diplomazia sforzesca, Napoli 1998) and urban history (Una città, il regno: istituzioni e società a Capua nel XV secolo, Roma, 2018).

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