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Political exile during the Italian wars. Far-flung networks and cultural constructs
The starting point for the exiles project is the Urbino Court of Guidobaldo di Montefeltro, a legendary place described by Baldassar Castiglione’s The Courtier. Urbino was a centre for exiles or members of families in search of political and military success. Tracing their places of exile and analysing the relationships they formed, the project identifies some changes that emerged during the Italian wars: connections between the Italian elites and foreign courts, the weakness of traditional faction links, the demise of the soldier-courtier. The research focuses mainly on the Fregosos, a family not well studied but at the hub of a wide political and cultural network. The project combines literary sources with archival research (notary deeds, letters, documentation from political chancelleries, etc).