Sabaudian Studies: Political Culture, Dynasty, & Territory,

This choice of interdisciplinary essays introduces the background and tradition of the lands governed via the sovereign residence of Savoy through the overdue medieval and early sleek classes, territories now a part of France, Italy, and Switzerland. as the Sabaudian nation-states have been geographically, linguistically, and culturally various and didn't evolve right into a unmarried smooth countryside, their early heritage has been missed by way of historians whose views have been frequently knowledgeable through a slim, nationwide framework.

An overseas crew of students deals new study that de-provincializes a few of the latest wealthy scholarly tests of the ancient value of those lands, which have been vital for rulers and topics all through early smooth Europe. the quantity explores the concept that of “Sabaudian studies” and identifies historiographic advancements and present traits within the box. starting with the geography and the heritage of the realm, the essays learn Sabaudian political tradition (diplomatic perform, judicial associations, and political thought), dynastic illustration (court fairs and celebrations, and the projection of dynastic status in another country, with cognizance to the sacred background of the house), and territorial domination (its monetary, non secular, feudal, and composite dimensions).

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61. Oresko, review of Le dinastie italiane. Paola Bianchi points out that no Savoyard ruler ever married an Italian woman, and that weddings were always abroad. 65 The dynasty also distinguished itself through its widely recognized longevity, the sanctity of key members (Amadeus IX and Margherita d’Acaia, who were beatified in the seventeenth century), its possession of powerful relics such as the Holy Shroud, and its venerable knightly orders. 66 International competition for dynastic prestige was not only symbolic, but also practical, material, and strategic; indeed, it was often difficult to separate the symbolic and the practical.

Then it will indicate a few areas in which work remains to be done. Political Culture A major area of recent work on Sabaudian political culture is the field of court studies. This field faces the challenge of making conceptual distinctions between “court,” “state,” and “dynasty,” historical problems that are obviously related but 29. Pollini, La Mort du Prince, 6; Barberis, “I Savoia,” xv–xvi. Christopher Storrs seems to share Barberis’s perspective, arguing that between 1559 and 1814 the Savoyard state went from being “small and vulnerable, squeezed between two great powers,” to being “a regional power, if not a European one, of a certain prestige”; Storrs, “La politica internazionale,” 47.

73 But Bianchi’s position is that one would be mistaken to look at Sabaudian history within a European context while failing to tie it to Italian developments. She sees this tendency as resulting from the demythification of the old Risorgimento and Christopher Storrs, on the role of smaller Italian states in the European panorama. Barca (Salvatore Cadana, 21) outlines the traditional picture of the Sabaudian lands caught between French and Spanish interests. Storrs, in “La politica internazionale,” describes the Sabaudian elite under Emanuel Filibert as strongly “filospagnolo,” and claims that under Charles Emanuel I the Sabaudian state continued to “oscillate between the two poles of France and Spain” (7, 10).

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