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In a few places the lords had the right to appoint a gastaldo to exercise authority more directly than was possible when the villagers chose their own leader. At the village level peasant families found themselves enmeshed in several distinct and sometimes quite incompatible institutional structures: the feudal jurisdiction, a contractual obligation to pay rents to a lord who may or may not have been the judge of his jurisdiction, the vicinia headed by a neighbor who was deccmo, a pasture association, a scal unit for taxation, and a parish of the church.
By means of this action they could control everything Without any opposition to their wishes, adding that he had never slept that night and blabbing on about every detail of what had happened. That from one of the citizens most responsible for public order. On Sunday the crowd celebrated the achievements of the previous days with a remarkable carnival masquerade. On that day, although all the rest of the city was mournful and sad, the sanguinary associates and followers of the most perfidious assassin had a great celebration, running from one diversion to another, dressed in the silk clothes and livery of the betrayed gentlemen, calling one another by the names of those Whose clothes they wore.
After the first argument and seeing nothing could be worked out with him, the luogotenente returned to the street, and as I, Gregorio, remember it, he began, while grabbing hold of PROLOGUE their shoulders, to command under penalty of the gallows and by decree of the Council of Ten that everyone put down their arms and leave and not threaten any person because the Most Illustrious Signoria recognized them all as good and most faithful sons. He was assisted by the treasurer. Several of the heads of the mob of peasants, armed populace, and the executioners of Iscariot responded to them boastfully that the Strumieri were neither good nor faithful but all rebels and consequently the Zambarlani wanted to punish them in their own way.
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