Podestà

Podestà is the name given to certain high officials in many Italian cities beginning in the later Middle Ages. Mainly it meant the chief magistrate of a city state, the counterpart to similar positions in other cities that went by other names, e.g. rettori (`rectors`), but it could also mean the local administrator, who was the representative o.....
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Podesta

• (n.) A mayor, alderman, or other magistrate, in some towns of Italy. • (n.) One of the chief magistrates of the Italian republics in the Middle Ages.
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podesta

(`power`), in medieval Italian communes, the highest judicial and military magistrate. The office was instituted by the Holy Roman emperor Frederick ... [2 related articles]
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Podesta

Po·des'ta noun [ Italian podestà , from Latin potestas power, magistracy. See Potent .] 1. One of the chief magistrates of the Italian republics in the Middle Ages. Brande & C. 2. A mayor, alderman, or other magistrate, in some towns of Italy.
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podesta

In the Italian communes, the highest civic official, appointed by the leading citizens, and often holding great power. ...
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