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Charles the daring in Italy, 1467-1477 is the definitive research of the final reigning Duke of Burgundy's family members with the Italian states. Charles's dealings with Italy were studied formerly, yet this book—bolstered by means of Richard Walsh's huge learn in ecu archives—is by means of a ways the main complete exam of Charles the Bold's army, diplomatic, and monetary family with the subcontinent. Charles the daring in Italy should be imperative to students of French and Italian background and international relations.

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In the Archivio di Stato, the Cardinal Podocataro collection provided some significant documents. The once comparatively neglected Archivio Gonzaga in the Archivio di Stato in Mantua provided much of interest; not only, naturally, for Rodolfo Gonzaga’s visit to the Burgundian court but also for Charles the Bold’s relations with Mantua in general, as well as with other Italian states. The Archivi di Stato in Modena and Florence also provided useful material, if to a lesser extent. Italian archives obviously constitute a major source for a work such as this.

66 If his defeat at the battle of Grandson in March 1476 weakened his influence in Italy, it was the defeat at Murten in June that shattered it. The immediate result of that battle was to place Savoy in the hands of forces friendly to Louis XI. Shortly afterwards, a sauve-qui-peut state of mind began to grip the Burgundian allies in the face of the French king’s recovery of influence relative to that of Charles the Bold; such an attitude, incidentally, suggests that balance-of-power considerations were far from [17]                     (   –    ) uppermost in their thoughts.

In the same period, likewise, the dukes of Burgundy had cause to fear the growing self-assertiveness of France, since it seemed to be aimed at ending their quasi-independence or even at bringing about their total destruction. The third quarter of the fifteenth century was marked also by the gradual interlocking, all over western Europe, of pre-existing but discrete sets of alliances. 3 These [2]               ’                developments were aided considerably and to some extent caused by the increasing sophistication of diplomatic techniques and by the regularity and frequency of diplomatic intercourse which emerged at this time; the influence of these technical refinements owed much to the example and practice of Italy and to the place of Italy in the European state-system.

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