The Society of Renaissance Florence: A Documentary Study

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Social Science - 282 pages
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First published in 1971 by Harper & Row, The Society of Renaissance Florence is an invaluable collection of 132 original Florentine documents dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and covering a wide range of subjects from taxes to social mobility, to family, death, and civic life, to violence, crime, and morality. Also included are seldom seen documents addressing the state of the poor and such groups as Jews, heretics, sorcerers, and homosexuals.

'I have made a conscious effort to select material which reveals something about the emotions, passions, and temperaments of Renaissance Florentines.

'These documents are examples of the raw material with which the historian works, as he attempts to describe social structures, patterns of behavior, and value systems. They should convey some sense of the complexity of this society, and of the formidable task which confronts the student who seeks to generalize about its character... They can serve as models for the student interested in the problems of urban history in pre-industrial Europe.' - From the Preface.

 

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Contents

The Economic Structure I
1
The Declaration of Francesco di Messer
8
ECONOMIC FORTUNE AND SOCIAL MOBILITY
14
A Cautious Merchant c 1400
23
A Rich Patrician c 1460
24
Lorenzo deMedici the Magnificent
27
The Family
28
marriage 16 The Marriages of Gregorio Dati
29
A Broken Marriage 1377
69
The Murder of a Brother 1393
70
Collectivities
74
The commune
80
THE GUILDS
90
THE VENDETTA
106
in Prepotenza
120
AUTHORITY AND ITS ABUSE
130

Two Marriages in the Valori Family 1452
31
the Del Bene 1381
32
the Strozzi 146465
37
Illegitimacy and Marriage 1355
40
DEATH
41
Deaths in the Sassetti Family 1383
42
Deaths in the Panzano Family 142346
44
A Pestilence Victim 1374
46
The Death of a Son 1459
47
PROPERTY AND INHERITANCE 25 The Testament of Fetto Ubertini 1348
49
The Testament of Andrea di Feo stone mason 1380
56
Two Petitions for Legitimization 138889
59
The Diminution of an Orphans Estate 1397
60
FAMILY ENMITIES 30 Father and Son 1380
62
Son and Father 1405
64
Disputes Among Heirs 1385
67
Crime and Punishment
139
CRIMES OF SUBTLETY
156
INSANITY
168
MERCY AND ITS RATIONALE
174
GAMBLING
183
PROSTITUTION
190
SODOMY
201
The Popolo Minuto
213
SERVITUDE
222
SUCCOR FOR THE INDIGENT
229
Aberrants and Outgroups
240
HERETICS
250
SORCERERS
260
Select Bibliography
275
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Gene A. Brucker is Professor Emeritus of the History Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

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