Preface to the Russian edition History of Italy covered in our country is very uneven, especially Italy, medieval. As a rule, in the books and domestic authors and translated (a translation of the Italian work on the Russian language in general is not very much) preference period, the most striking and fatal either late antiquity and the early Middle Ages or the Renaissance, with its "Titans." What remained in the middle, often reduced to the history of cities and trade republics. A significant layer of Italian history, thus, dropped out of sight readers. Book venerable Italian historian Gina Fasoli allows you to fill this gap. It is devoted almost the most troubled times in the history of medieval Italy -. IX-X centuries, when the country was shaken by strife, war for land and influence. Such periods are often referred to as a turning point: in Italy was conceived what is called feudalism.