Title: Allegory of Good Government
Ambrogio Lorenzetti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Dodici took over the former government of The Nine in Siena in 1355. The Dodici were run by twelve representatives rather than nine. The wool guilds were heavily involved in this new government as they always sat on representative boards and committees.1 This explains why Catherine’s family had strong connections to the government, but after 1371, they came to have debts, and left Siena. The Salimbeni family, nobles of Siena who Catherine had deep connections with them in the later 1370s, took over the Dodici and formed the new government the Council of the Riformatori.