Structure of the League

Gianluca Raccagni

in The Lombard League, 1167–1225

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264713
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734847 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Structure of the League

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This chapter describes the structure of the Lombard League. The first section examines the set of rules and the government. On the whole, the structure of the League evolved over time, reaching maturity by the end of the 1160s with its only standing institution being the college of the rectors, who were closely associated with the governing bodies of its members, at least during the long contest with the empire. The dominating role of the city communes is well documented by the frequent description in the sources of the association as a concordia or societas civitatum, but the League also included other kinds of members, such as communities without the status of civitas and individuals. The second section looks into the role of loca, individuals, and lords. The last section describes the transmission of the documentary sources.

Keywords: Lombard League; city communes; rectors; societas civitatum; loca

Chapter.  11782 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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