9780198700395

Italy in the Age of the Renaissance 1300-1550

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-01-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

The twelve essays in this volume, each written by a leading specialist, present an accessible and comprehensive introduction to Italian Renaissance society, intellectual history, and politics, with each contribution reflecting the most recent innovations in the way that historians view and study the period.

Author Biography


John M. Najemy is Professor of History at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface v
Acknowledgements vii
List of contributors xiii
Introduction: Italy and the Renaissance 1(207)
John M. Najemy
1 Education and the emergence of a literate society
18(19)
Robert Black
Literacy and the rise of the vernacular 1
18(1)
Primary and secondary education
19(5)
Latin and vernacular education
24(5)
The revival of Latin, and humanist education
29(4)
The triumph of humanist education
33(4)
2 Humanism and the lure of antiquity
37(22)
Carol Everhart Quillen
The passion for antiquity
37(1)
Emergence of humanism: Padua and Florence
38(2)
Francesco Petrarca
40(2)
Humanism in Florence
42(5)
Varieties of humanism: Naples, Venice, Milan, and Rome
47(5)
Humanist communities
52(2)
Humanist practice: annotation, translation, citation
54(5)
3 Religion and the Church
59(23)
David S. Peterson
Religion and the Renaissance
59(2)
The Church in Italy
61(3)
Italy without the popes
64(5)
Papal schism and civic control of religion
69(2)
A flawed recovery
71(5)
Awaiting the deluge
76(6)
4 Family and marriage: a socio-legal perspective
82(21)
Julius Kirshner
Old and new perspectives
82(2)
Legal framework
84(2)
Patria potestas
86(3)
Demographic framework
89(1)
Marriage norms
90(1)
Making marriage
91(2)
Dowries
93(2)
Living marriage
95(3)
Termination of marriage
98(1)
Inheritance
99(2)
Conclusion
101(2)
5 Bodies, disease, and society
103(21)
Diane Owen Hughes
Bodies as social texts
103(2)
Plague and syphilis
105(5)
Jews, prostitutes, and the body social
110(7)
Social contagion
117(7)
6 The economy: work and wealth
124(21)
Franco Franceschi
Prosperity or hard times?
124(3)
Three cases of 'reconversion'
127(4)
The origins of 'proto-industry' and the formation of 'economic regions'
131(3)
The organization of work
134(4)
The 'real economy' and the guild system
138(2)
The distribution of wealth and its imbalances
140(5)
7 The popolo
145(20)
Andrea Zorzi
Popular associations and governments
146(4)
Magnates and popolani
150(2)
The popolo in Florence, Siena, Rome, and Genoa
152(4)
The popolo minuto
156(1)
Reaction against the popolo
157(2)
Popular ideology and culture
159(3)
Late revivals
162(3)
8 The power of the elites: family, patronage, and the state
165(19)
Dale Kent
Authority and attitudes: continuity and change
165(3)
Defining the elites: size, wealth, office-holding, prestige
168(7)
Issues of inclusion and exclusion: popolo and magnates
175(3)
Personal bonds: the cement of elites and the basis of patronage
178(4)
Patronage, politics, and the state
182(2)
9 Governments and governance
184(24)
John M. Najemy
Republics
185(4)
Signorie
189(3)
Territorial states
192(3)
Functions of government
195(1)
Public order and justice
196(2)
Armies and war
198(2)
Taxation and public finance
200(3)
Diplomacy
203(1)
The new paternalism
204(4)
10 The South 208(18)
David Abulafia
Is the South different?
208(4)
The crisis of monarchic centralization
212(6)
Spanish kings and French intruders
218(6)
The southern Renaissance
224(2)
11 Representations of power 226(20)
Edward Muir
The power of perception
227(4)
Vocabularies of power
231(5)
Representing the pope
236(3)
Representing the city
239(3)
Representing the prince and court
242(4)
12 Rethinking the Renaissance in the aftermath of Italy's crisis 246(21)
Alison Brown
The crisis of 1494 and its impact on Renaissance culture
246(8)
The new political realism
254(5)
Renaissance culture in Italian courts
259(8)
Further reading 267(30)
Chronology 297(10)
Maps 307(6)
Index 313

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