Thus, the evolution of these relationships during the fifteenth century can be traced in the changing patterns of patronage from the Albizzi family and Neri Capponi, who were allied with certain segments of the local patriciate, to Cosimo and later Lorenzo de' Medici, who aspired to be seen as patrons of Pistoia as a whole.
Another central theme in Connell's reconstruction is the structural split of the local patriciate into two parties, the Cancellieri and Panciarichi factions.
There are important differences in size and status between the two patriciates
, which invite a full-scale study.
Without dissolving towns into the rural agrarian background, he explains how English and French feudal regimes penetrated the towns, purchased their goods and services, interacted with the urban patriciates
, and profited from the exercise of jurisdiction within their precincts.
Most of our imperial Caesars were either born-in-the-purple patricians like the two Roosevelts or led by the hand--even nose--by the patriciate
class, much as the elegant Secretary of State Dean Acheson guided the dazed Harry Truman.