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Women, Family, and Ritual in Renaissance Italy

Women, Family, and Ritual in Renaissance Italy
Author: Christiane Klapisch-Zuber
ISBN 13: 9780226439266
ISBN 10: 226439267
Edition: New edition
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1987-06-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 338
List Price: $32.00

Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, a brilliant historian of the Annales school, skillfully uncovers the lives of ordinary Italians of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, Tuscans in particular, young and old, rich, middle-class, and poor. From the extraordinarily detailed records kept by Florentine tax collectors and the equally precise ricordanze (household accounts with notations of events great and small), Klapisch-Zuber draws a living picture of the Tuscan household. We learn, for example, how children were named, how wet nurses were engaged, how marriages were negotiated and celebrated. A wealth of other sources are tapped—including city statutes, private letters, philosophical works on marriage, paintings—to determine the social status of women. Klapisch-Zuber reveals how women, in their roles as daughters, wives, sisters, and mothers, were largely subject to a family system that needed them but valued them little.