Sentence Examples

  • The podestas of some Italian towns, but more especially to the heads of the universities, the representatives and rulers of the universitas magistrorum et scholarium, elected usually for a very short time.
  • Although the emperor's experiment was short-lived podestas soon became general in northern Italy, making their appearance in most communes about 1200.
  • There were, moreover, podestas in some of the cities of Provence.
  • Gradually the podestas became more despotic and more corrupt, and sometimes a special official was appointed to hear complaints against them; in the 13th century in Florence and some other cities a capitano del popolo was chosen to look after the interests of the lower classes.
  • In other ways also the power of the podestas was reduced; they were confined more and more to judicial functions until they disappeared early in the 16th century.

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