Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence
William J. Connell
University of California Press, Sep 10, 2002 - History - 465 pages
Renaissance Florence has often been described as the birthplace of modern individualism, as reflected in the individual genius of its great artists, scholars, and statesmen. The historical research of recent decades has instead shown that Florentines during the Renaissance remained enmeshed in relationships of family, neighborhood, guild, patronage, and religion that, from a twenty-first-century perspective, greatly limited the scope of individual thought and action. The sixteen essays in this volume expand the groundbreaking work of Gene Brucker, the historian in recent decades who has been most responsible for the discovery and exploration of these pre-modern qualities of the Florentine Renaissance.
Exploring new approaches to the social world of Florentines during this fascinating era, the essays are arranged in three groups. The first deals with the exceptionally resilient and homogenous Florentine merchant elite, the true protagonist of much of Florentine history. The second considers Florentine religion and Florence's turbulent relations with the Church. The last group of essays looks at criminals, expatriates, and other outsiders to Florentine society.
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2 Giannozzo and His Elders
3 Li Emergenti Bisogni Matrimoniali in Renaissance Florence
4 Michele del Giogantes House of Memory
5 Inheritance and Identity in Early Renaissance Florence
6 Perceived Insults and Their Consequences
7 The War of the Eight Saints in Florentine Memory and Oblivion
10 Raging against Priests in Italian Renaissance Verse
11 Liturgy for Nonliturgists
12 The Florentine Criminal Underworld
13 Lay Male Identity in the Institutions of a Tuscan Provincial Town
14 Insiders and Outsiders
15 The Identity of the Expatriate
16 Clement VII and the Crisis of the Sack of Rome
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