Abandoned Children of the Italian Renaissance
Orphan Care in Florence and Bologna
By (author) Nicholas Terpstra
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Abandoned Children of the Italian Renaissance by Nicholas Terpstra
Book DescriptionNearly half of the children who lived in the cities of the late Italian Renaissance were under fifteen years of age. Grinding poverty, unstable families, and the death of a parent could make caring for these young children a burden. Many were abandoned, others orphaned. At a time when political rulers fashioned themselves as the "fathers" of society, these cast-off children presented a very immediate challenge and opportunity. In Bologna and Florence, government and private institutions pioneered orphanages to care for the growing number of homeless children. Nicholas Terpstra discusses the founding and management of these institutions, the procedures for placing children into them, the children's daily routine and education, and finally their departure from these homes. He explores the role of the city-state and considers why Bologna and Florence took different paths in operating the orphanages. Terpstra finds that Bologna's orphanages were better run, looked after the children more effectively, and were more successful in returning their wards to society as productive members of the city's economy. Florence's orphanages were larger and harsher, and made little attempt to reintegrate children into society. Based on extensive archival research and individual stories, Abandoned Children of the Italian Renaissance demonstrates how gender and class shaped individual orphanages in each city's network, and how politics, charity, and economics intertwined in the development of the early modern state.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801881848
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Lost Girls, Paperback (September 2012)
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Art of Executing Well, Hardback (June 2008)» View all books by Nicholas Terpstra
In a feature unique to Italy, the people who prepared a condemned man or woman spiritually and psychologically for execution were not priests or friars, but laymen. This book includes some of the songs, stories, poems, and images that they used, and also first-person accounts and ballads describing particular executions.
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Author Biography - Nicholas Terpstra
Nicholas Terpstra is an associate professor of history at the University of Toronto.
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