Popolo Minuto

Popolo Minuto

 

a stratum of the urban poor in Italian communes of the 13th to 15th centuries, as distinguished from the popolo grasso. In mid-13th century Florence the popolo minuto consisted of members of the newer guilds, but by the mid-14th century the term had been extended to include the masses of hired workers who did not belong to guilds. By the late 14th century, popolo minuto referred primarily to the ciompi.

REFERENCES

See references under POPOLO GRASSO.
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He stresses the difficulty in gaining precision, given the shifting meaning of such terms as popolo minuto and menu peuple, as well as the multifaceted aspect of the insurgencies, which at once often had political, social, and economic dimensions to them.
Was it sufficient to explain the huge outpouring of popular grief at the murder of Giuliano and the violent revenge on the Pazzi and their friends at the hands of the popolo minuto, who continued to scream "palle" while the Pazzi shouted "liberta"?
It may be true, as the author says, that in these essays the popolo minuto receives more emphasis as a whole than the elite, although the accounts of the early origins of the Medici and the Ghibelline trial of Matteo Villani remind us that Brucker is a meticulous historian of Florentine high as well as low politics.