Local and Regional Identity in Medieval Tuscia
By Mauro Ronzani
Nations and Nationalities in Historical Perspective, edited by Gudmunður Hálfdanarson and Ann Katherine Isaacs (University of Pisa, 2001)
Introduction: Etruria, Tuscia, Tuscany, this is the path followed by the name of our region through the centuries. In the main part of this chapter I wish to consider for a bit what it is possible to know about the regional consciousness in the minds of the people that inhabited this region in the Middle Ages, particularly between the years 1000 and 1200, hence between the 11th and the 13th centuries. Can we determine whether men and women of the Middle Ages had the idea that something called Tuscia existed, and indeed, whether or not they had the idea that they were living in a particular region, a region with its own identity?