"This is an important book on a neglected topic and period of Florentine history. It adds texture to the increasingly lively debate about the origins of the modern state, and it further qualifies the received wisdom that Medicean Tuscany was 'absolute.'" Carol Bresnahan Menning, Sixteenth Century Journal
"[Brackett's] conclusions are persuasive and his presentation of the Otto sober and judicious." Times Literary Supplement
This work uses as an index of princely power a thorough examination of the major elements of the Florentine system of criminal justice--court, police, prisons, relations with lesser courts in the dominion--to reveal the extent of their effectiveness territorially.