Conceptualization of the League

Gianluca Raccagni

in The Lombard League, 1167–1225

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

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Conceptualization of the League

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This chapter describes the conceptualization of the Lombard League. The first section depicts the League as a regional organization, and describes its identity. The second section discusses the legitimacy of the League and its conflict with the emperor. The two stages in the development of the League–the stage when it was simply a coniuratio and then its change into a corpus–recall the distinction between universitates that can only act through the medium of their physical members and those lacking this feature described by Bassianus. The continuator of the Morenas places this development, which coincided with the adoption of the official name Societas Lombardie and with the formation of the college of rectors of the League, around 1168. The latter event signalled the evolution of the League into an organization, that is, into a body with its own funding and defined rules and responsibilities for its leaders.

Keywords: Lombard League; regional organization; city communes; Societas Lombardie; Bassianus; Roman law

Chapter.  11200 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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