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Patrons and Adversaries

Nobles and Villagers in Italian Politics, 1640-1760

Patrons and Adversaries by Caroline Castiglione
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Four generations of the aristocratic Barberini family and its "vassals" clashed over how the early modern Roman countryside should be governed. Villagers sometimes cultivated noble interference, but they frequently resisted it through the strategies of adversarial literacy, and political ways of reading and writing that challenged noble hegemony in the village.
Oxford University Press; January 2005
269 pages; ISBN 9780198038764
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Title: Patrons and Adversaries
Author: Caroline Castiglione