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Title: Florence and its University during the Early Renaissance
Author: Davies, Jonathan
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1998
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004110038
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 232
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This book makes a substantial contribution to the study of Florentine history. It answers an important but hitherto unresolved question: why did the Florentine Republic keep a university in its capital city between 1385 and 1473 rather than follow the example of other Italian states in maintaining a university in a subject town?Based on a wide range of newly-found sources, it discloses that the University owed its survival to the support of the Florentine elite, especially the Medici family and its followers. It reveals systematically the close ties between the University and major developments in the social, economic, political, ecclesiastical, and cultural life of Florence and Florentine Tuscany.The appendices fill some of the greatest gaps in our knowledge of the University, identifying administrators, students, examiners, and teachers.