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The War of the Eight Saints in Florentine Memory and Oblivion

David S. Peterson

in Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520232549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520232549.003.0008
The War of the Eight Saints in Florentine Memory and Oblivion

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This chapter shows that the future course of Florentine republican ideology was profoundly shaped by the memory of the fourteenth-century commune's contest with the papacy, when Florence seriously shed its identity as a Guelf city. The War of the Eight Saints that Florence fought against Pope Gregory XI is addressed. It had a devastating impact on the Florentine church that shaped its politics and internal operations down to the mid-fifteenth century. The decades leading up to the War of the Eight Saints saw broad Florentine-papal collaboration on matters of finance and appointments to benefices, and light Florentine taxation of the clergy. It fundamentally transformed the financial relations between Florence, the papacy, and the Florentine clergy. The Florentine response to the War of the Eight Saints offers a remarkable study in the calculated disjunctures between historical events, historical writing, and public memory.

Keywords: War of the Eight Saints; republican ideology; Florentine memory; Pope Gregory XI; Florence; papacy; Florentine clergy

Chapter.  18486 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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