Fo. too long the slow transition from commune to signori. has been popularly portrayed as a process in which a free and democratic society, represented, as in Carducci’s poetry, by virtuous men of heroic stature, was replaced by an evil form of government whose representative was the signor., symbol of wickedness, albeit of cultivated wickedness. Such a change could only satisfactorily be explained in moral terms, and historians of the nineteenth century, in considering the phenomenon, drew heavily upon concepts of moral decline. A proud and independent spirit was said to have given way to an enervating acquiescence in tyranny, in which the citizens lost the habit of managing their own affairs.


Fifteenth Century Fourteenth Century Moral Term Moral Decline Literary Moralism 
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© John Larner 1965

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Glasgow UniversityUK

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