Activity 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

Activity of the League

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This chapter describes the activities of the Lombard League, including warfare, diplomacy, resolution of disputes, the nova civitas of Alessandria, and the regulation of movement and trade. Many of the terms of association of the League concerned military issues. Given the conflict with the emperor, the most important one was probably committing the members to mutually helping and protecting each other, both with persons and goods. The policy of the League towards diplomacy is outlined by its set of rules. Mutual support among the members also included diplomatic assistance in the Curia of the pope or of the emperor. The League was also a peace association for its members, as is evident from its description as a Concordia or pax. It restored the cities disbanded by the emperor, in the cases of Milan and Tortona, and contributed to the rise of a new one, Alessandria.

Keywords: nova civitas; Alessandria; dispute resolution; Lombard League; concordia

Chapter.  18659 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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