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Extra resources for Spanish Milan: A City within the Empire, 1535–1706
For example, in 1560, in a few contiguous streets in the parish of St. 139 This settlement, along with that of the shearers in the center, seems to point to a localization of the wool industry in the central and northern sections of the city. Until the wool industry began its decline at the end of the sixteenth century, most of the wool merchants resided in the same neighborhoods, especially in the parishes of Porta Nuova. 140 In the case of the wool industry, the pride of Milanese economy throughout the middle ages, a localization on the way to Como and the Alpine passes would be easy to explain.
For the wealthy citizens are happier in more spacious surroundings and would readily accept being excluded by an inner wall and would not unwillingly leave the stalls and the town-center workshops to the marketplace traders; and that rabble . . 127 It is in this second circle just outside the center that we find the aristocratic residential neighborhoods. As in Florence and Ferrara, the origin of these enclaves was related to the urban planning of the Renaissance. The first such neighborhood in Milan was the one around the church of St.
Eusebio, and Borgo Nuovo in St. Bartolomeo. 129 The Area of the Castle Northwest of the center, the great castle built by the Visconti and the Sforza was still the symbol of the political and military role of Milan. Its size and its square, large enough to contain six thousand armed men impressed all visitors. The neighborhood around the castle and its garrison hosted most of the Spanish population of Milan. In the contiguous parishes of St. Giovanni sul Muro and St. 130 In this area most of the activities depended on the needs and the functions of the military citadel.
Spanish Milan: A City within the Empire, 1535–1706 by Stefano D’Amico (auth.)