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Straws In The Wind

Medieval Urban Environmental Law--the Case Of Northern Italy, 1st Edition

By Ronald E Zupko


164 pages

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The history of the medieval towns of northern and central Italy opens a window onto the concerns of urban elites throughout the medieval world regarding the environment and quality of life. In Straws in the Wind the authors demonstrate that legislative efforts to control the environment were neither haphazard nor accidental. Rather, they were ratio

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments, Introduction, The Medieval Urban Setting: Politics and Law, The Medieval Town: Theoretical Foundations, The Town Elites, The Councils, A Case Study: Bologna 1288, Ancient and Medieval Environmental Spokesmen, Classical Environmental Theory, Christian and Medieval Environmental Theory, The Earth as a Planned Abode, Stewardship in Action, The Vision of an Urban Utopia, Regulating the Land, Historical Antecedents, Roman Road Construction, Government Responsibility for the Roads, Breakdown of the Roads, The Medieval Roadway, Medieval Urban Waste Management, Legislation, Conclusion, Protecting the Water, Ancient Water and Sewer Systems, Medieval Water and Sewer Systems, Legislation, Drainage Systems, Flood Control, Conclusion, Eliminating Wastes, Trade-Related Legislation, The Butcher and Meat Purveyor Guilds, Food Supplies, The Leather Workers’ Guilds, The Fisheries, Market and Land Resources, The Cloth Industries, Conclusion, The Medieval Urban Response to the Environmental Crisis, The Medieval Urban Response to the Environmental Crisis, Environment, Climate, and Law, Medieval Bergamo, Market Locations, Food Supplies, Public Sanitation, Roads, Bridges, Waterways, and Fountains, Fortifications, Conclusion: Things Left Undone, Notes, Select Bibliography, About the Book and Authors, Index

About the Author

Ronald Edward Zupko is professor of history at Marquette University. Robert Anthony Laures is a medieval historian living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General