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Master of Arts (MA)
This study focuses on the reigns of Borso and Ercole d'Este who ruled Ferrara consecutively from 1450-1504. During this period Ferrara became one of the leading courts of Italy and a prominent European cultural centre. This was largely the result of the rulers' display of "Magnificence" , a classical concept which gained a new significance in the later fifteenth century. The Este used Magnificence to consolidate their dynasty and to fulfill personal political aspirations. Furthermore, they used it to emphasize class differences; such behaviour indicates the crystallization of an upper-class identity among the ruling elite of Italy. Ercole, in particular, emerges as an example of the self-assured, aristocratic ruler who appeared in the later Quattrocento Italian courts.
Lesychyn, Lubomyra Adrianna, "The Magnificence of Borso and Ercole d'Este: Princes of Ferrara (1450-1505)" (1981). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5433.
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