Monday, 22 February 2016

The Government of Florence

Hello, everyone,

I was just writing this for history, and thought you might want to read about it.

I've seen all the views you guys gave me on my story, For the Love of Human Science, and I really appreciate it and hope you enjoyed it.

What were the guilds and why they exercise so much power?
The guilds were a collection of merchants and craftsmen. They made sure that the services and goods carried out by the merchants and craftsmen were of good quality. They set working hours and helped the workers families in times of need like death. The Guilds were so powerful because they were supported or patroned by wealthy and successful families, and because some had powerful members and were rich.

Explain how the government of Florence was organised? What checks were there to prevent the abuse of power?

The Florentine government was organised so that corruption was hard to do. The rulers of Florence were only in power for two months, meaning that corruption could not be organised in that time. To get into power, there were a few administrative guidelines like the fact that
·      You had to be thirty or over
·      Not in debt
·      Not related to others drawn for selection (i.e- You can’t stack up the title of ruler of Florence for your family (its not up for inheritance))
·      You had to be a member of the Guild to be eligible.
·      You could not have run for election if you recently served a term.

To vote, you also had to be apart of the guilds. Nine people were elected to be the rulers of Florence, in the council body called the Signoria, meaning lordship or ruler of. There were two other bodies collectively called the Collegi, meaning colleges. These two bodies were made up of 28 representatives, and these people were mostly merchants, bankers or landowners. Other bodies were put in place in times of crisis like war or debt.


Richard Mills