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Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence$
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William Connell

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520232549

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520232549.001.0001

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The War of the Eight Saints in Florentine Memory and Oblivion

The War of the Eight Saints in Florentine Memory and Oblivion

(p.173) 7 The War of the Eight Saints in Florentine Memory and Oblivion
Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence

David S. Peterson

University of California Press

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

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