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8-08-2015, 16:12

EMERGING COMMERCIAL CENTERS

In Germany and Italy central authority was unknown, and local lords in Germany and independent cities in Italy built defensive works. By the end of the eleventh century in Italy, townspeople in Venice, Milan, and Lucca sought the kingís protection from feudal lords. The kings soon realized that using the city money enabled them to become independent of their nobility by hiring mercenary troops. Italian cities were among the largest and most prosperous in Europe.

 

 

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