Lombard League


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Lombard League

An alliance of city-states resisting attempts at domination by the Holy Roman Empire 1167–1250.
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Moreover, the Holy Roman Empire's battle with the Lombard League and Sicily proved an obstacle to obtaining adequate support from Sicily and the Empire.
In particular the Lombard League, which was mainly supported by small businessmen and skilled workers, called for the reform of the fiscal system with the adoption of a federal fiscal model.
The Northern League - originally the Lombard League before it was expanded to include like-minded organisations from all regions of northern Italy - began as a protest movement against the corrupt party political system, the centralisation of state bureaucracy in Rome, and above all, taxation.
gaining the upper hand in the Center; and the right-wing regionalist Lombard League conquering the North.
To the big winners in northern Italy-the Lombard League, a middle-class protest movement that won less than 9 percent of the national vote but beat all the other parties in Milan-bloody "aliens" begin in Rome.
Principal wars: wars with the Papacy (1227-1230, 1240-1241, 1244-1247); Fifth Crusade (1228-1229); war with the Lombard League (1236-1239); civil war in Germany (1247-1256).
In Milan, the Lombard League won almost 20 percent of the vote.