The Revolt of Ferrara and the Conspiracy against the Este, 1385: A New Document
The Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (SASMARS)
1385 was a momentous year in the history of Ferrara and the Este family. A savage popular revolt left a leading official ferociously killed, his body-parts strewn across the city, the judicial and fiscal records burned to ashes, and the Este regime so shaken that it quickly undertook the physical bolstering of its power with the construction of a castle that came to symbolise the city. Moreover, the popular revolt of May 1385 was followed in September by the discovery and repression of a conspiracy, as a result of which some of the plotters were executed by beheading or hanging. The purpose of this paper is to present a new document on the conspiracy and to re-open a debate about the relation between the conspiracy and the revolt.
The Revolt of Ferrara and the Conspiracy against the Este, 1385: A New Document,1017-3455,The Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.