Women, Family and Ritual in Renaissance Italy
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Women, Family and Ritual in Renaissance Italy by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber
Book DescriptionChristiane 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."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226439266
(227mm x 148mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1987
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Christiane Klapisch-Zuber
History of Women in the West, Volume II: Silences of the Middle Ages, Paperback (September 1994)» View all books by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber
This text is part of a series that offers new perspectives on women of the past. This second volume examines the image of women in the masculine mind, their social condition and their daily experience in the Middle Ages, from the demise of the Roman Empire to the genesis of the Italian Renaissance.
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