A Renaissance Court: Milan Under Galeazzo Maria Sforza
Ambitious, extravagant, progressive, and sexually notorious, Galeazzo Maria Sforza inherited the ducal throne of Milan in 1466, at the age of twenty-two. Although his reign ended tragically only ten years later, the young prince's court was a dynamic community where arts, policy making, and the panoply of state were integrated with the rhythms and preoccupations of daily life. Gregory Lubkin explores this vital but overlooked center of power, allowing the members of the Milanese court to speak for themselves and showing how dramatically Milan and its ruler exemplified the political, cultural, religious, and economic aspirations of Renaissance Italy.
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Prologue March 1466
The Second Prince and Lord in Italy
To Give Form and Order to Matters of Our Court
The Prince Himself Becomes More Eminent
He WasSplendid Beyond Measure in His Court
He Who Lives at Court Dies in the Poorhouse
To Gain the Friendship of Many Leading Men
With the Greatest Pleasure and Contentment of the Heart
To the Praise and Glory of All the Triumphant Celestial Court
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