Book announcement: Transregional Lordship

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Dear Colleagues,


I’m happy to announce the publication of my new book, Transregional Lordship and the Italian Renaissance:  René de Challant, 1504-1565 (Amsterdam University Press, 2020).  The house of Challant dominated the Vallée d’Aoste (a Francophone duchy northwest of Piedmont and Lombardy) during the early modern period, but also held lands across the old Burgundian and Lotharingian kingdoms that drew them into the multiple service of Valois, Habsburg, and Sabaudian rulers.



René de Challant, whose holdings ranged from northwestern Italy to the Alps and over the mountains into what is today western Switzerland and eastern France, was an Italian and transregional dynast. The spatially dispersed kind of lordship that he practiced and his lifetime of service to the house of Savoy, especially in the context of the Italian Wars, show how the Sabaudian lands, neighboring Alpine states, and even regions further afield were tied to the history of the Italian Renaissance. Situating René de Challant on the edge of the Italian Renaissance helps us to understand noble kin relations, political networks, finances, and lordship with more precision. A spatially inflected analysis of René’s life brings to light several themes related to transregional lordship that have been obscured due to the traditional tendencies of Renaissance studies. It uncovers an ‘Italy’ whose boundaries extend not just into the Mediterranean, but into regions beyond the Alps.


Table of Contents + Intro


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Until 24 July 2020 a 20% discount is available at both the AUP webshop (for Europe/Rest of World) and the Baker & Taylor Publisher Services webshop (for North America). Place the hardback book or eBook in the basket and enter the promo code: “Pub_TransregionalLordship”.


Matthew Vester

West Virginia University

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