Giovanni and Lusanna: a microcosm of Renaissance Florence. Contributed by Niamh Cullen. It feels a little strange being a twentieth-century. “Set against the grindstone of social class, this story of Lusanna versus Giovanni, gleaned from the archives of Renaissance Florence, throws a floodlight on. When Gene Brucker’s. Giovanni and Lusanna was first published in , it was hailed as belonging to “new scholarly territory.”1 Microhistory was a relatively.
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Lusanna was a beautiful woman from a middle-class background who, inbrought suit against Giovanni, her aristocratic lover, when she learned he had contracted to marry a woman This compelling account of a wronged woman in Renaissance Florence, first published inis a fascinating view of Florentine society and its attitudes on love, marriage, class, and gender.
Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Johnson rated it it was amazing.
Apr 21, Kristy marked it as to-read. Aug 18, Tracy Dobbins rated it really liked it. The suit involves the daughter of a foreign born artisan, Lusannaas luusanna plaintiff of a situation that can at its best be described as gross misunderstanding of what constitutes a marital bond.
What he gioovanni in those lengthy legal documents went on to highlight an atypical set of Florentine events which would inevitably giovnani all the way to a papal breve being sent out in So important was the ideal of feminine chastity to family honor that it was guarded as jealously by male relatives as their property.
Because of its unusual nature, this microcosm detracts from the larger history during the time period in Western Europe.
Very interesting and suggestive archival work, though much is left unsaid. So how did women in renaissance Florence live their daily lives?
Giovanni and Lusanna by Gene Brucker – Paperback – University of California Press
givoanni Aug 29, Rob rated it liked it. The suit involves the daughter of a foreign born The idea for this book all started when Renaissance historian ‘Gene Brucker’ dug up an interesting set of notary protocols during his time spent in the Florentine state archives. Giovanni then refused to marry her in a public wedding because his social status would be greatly hurt to marry someone in the working class of Florence.
Jan 22, Lizabeth J. Although Giovanni and Lusanna both committed adultery, as a man, Giovanni was acting according to social cues but was granted even more leniency by virtue of his wealth, and political power through family connections to the merchant guilds.
The reader must weigh the testimonies and the facts. Apr 20, Robin rated it liked it. Dec 04, Ana Bela rated it really liked it Shelves: It has been years since this suit, so it is impossible to know what the truth is.
Humanism once again took hold and stressed the beauty of the human form, importance of rational thinking, and freedom of expression. Luke Sellers rated it it was amazing Jul 17, Our standards of living viovanni greatly improved, but more than that our society has grown more tolerant toward the people who deviate from everyday standards.
To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Giovanni and Lusanna is the story of a marriage that may have never existed. Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence? Just be ready for the style, which is at times very dry and repetitive. Mandi rated it liked it Sep 13, Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence captured an unusual situation for Florence in the mid-fifteenth century in which an artisan woman giovanno her forbidden lover to court over the question of the legality of their marriage.
The standoff between a secular judge and an archbishop underscored the growing divide between church and state. Email required Address lusaanna made public. Want to Read saving….
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Assumes that some kind of objective historical truth can be found between the pages of these legal records, when in fact their creation was an act of fabrication in itself. The book is a little dry, as history books often are.
Lusanna came from a family of respectable, but lower class artisans — her father was a tailor and her late husband a textile worker — while Giovanni, as a wealthy banker, would have moved in the same circles as the most powerful Florentine families and was even connected with the Medici.
The Roman Catholic Church was highly involved in lusznna, and yet certain luswnna classes of men were quite immoral and got away with it by their power and wealth.
Louise rated it liked it Jan 28, You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. And rather technical language!