Civic Knighthood in the Early Renaissance: Leonardo Bruni’s De militia

Noctua 1 (2):260-282 (2014)
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Abstract

This article argues, against the still-prevailing interpretation of Leonardo Bruni’s De militia – that it is a defense of civic militias against the mercenary system – for an alternative view: that it represents an attempt to reform communal knighthood in accordance with ancient Greek political theory and Roman historical models. It thus aimed to make the reform of contemporary knighthood into an aspect of the revival of antiquity.

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