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The Divine Campaigns by Editors of Time-life Books

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But now that more and more land was becoming productive, surpluses began to appear. As strife diminished, traveling became safer. And thus commerce, in abeyance during Europe's centuries of turmoil, began to flourish once more. The nobles, ever more prosperous as their lands expanded, took to conspicuous consumption. They demanded bright hangings to warm the stone walls of their castles, richly spiced delicacies to grace their tables, ornately carved coffers to store an ever increasing number of personal possessions.

Where he took control, he sent in an administrator a German knight or an Italian oyal to his cause. In theory, this official was supposed to be a civil servant, a manager rather than a politician, who would impose order — and carry out the business of ernment. Some local gov- of Frederick's represen- tatives did, indeed, govern fairly; how- ever, many who turned their cities into virtual po- lice states, es, were others petty dictators, imposing crippling new tax- confiscating property, and taking hostages to serve as sureties for the izens' In cit- obedience.

If spoken in 1 177, when the struggles with Bar- they would go on forever, were enough to —or with liberty that We would fear. " words were spoken, Barbarossa abandoned 1183, he made Lombard League. But the his quarrel with the a formal peace, the Treaty of Constance, with the treaty with the Italian cities of a king forgiving his rebellious vassals: It was was not couched a contract, in the words on almost equal terms, between two former adversaries. The proud cities of Italy faced further storms.

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