Captains of the People, 1257-1311
This period of Genoese history is usually depicted as the most brilliant phase of the city's prosperity and influence. Captains of the people, from Guglielmo Boccanegra to various teams of triumphant Ghibellines, pairs of Spinola and Doria, dominated government in between times of rule by a podestà. In 1311 a people exhausted by factional strife handed their city over to the emperor Henry VII. After winning a tough struggle against Venice and inflicting a disastrous defeat on Pisa, Genoa ended up succumbing to its own internal dissension and began the first of a series of disappointing experiments in which a free people entrusted their state to a foreign savior. In terms of wealth and ships, Genoa was as powerful in the 1290s as at any time in its history. Three important writers, Archbishop Jacopo da Varagine, the historian Jacopo Doria, and the anonymous poet, along with lesser authors, stand as witnesses to a newly expressed, practical interest in history, lan
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Publication information: Book title: Genoa & the Genoese, 958-1528. Contributors: Steven A. Epstein - Author. Publisher: University of North Carolina Press. Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 140.
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