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GIOVANNA AND LUSANNA - Love and marriage in Renaissance Florence


Verlag: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1986
ISBN 10: 0297788981 / ISBN 13: 9780297788980
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Titel: GIOVANNA AND LUSANNA - Love and marriage in ...

Verlag: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1986

Einband: Red cloth with dustjacket

Zustand: As new.

Auflage: 1st edition.


Designer: Wolfgang Lederer. Text: Bembo. Jacket illustration: Fra Filippo Lippi: 'Portrait of a man and woman at a casement'. Covertext: 'In 1455 Lusanna, a beautiful Florentine woman from an artisanal home, brought suit in Archbishop Antoninus's court against her wealthy, high-born lover Giovanni. Giovanni had contracted to marry a young, aristocratic woman, and Lusanna, claiming that she had Giovanni had been secretly married during their clandestine twelve-year affair, fiercely opposed the match. What makes this bitter dispute of special interest to readers today is the rich texture of the material that the case accumulated. Since the lovers inhabited vastly different social milieux, their witnesses came from every stratum of Florentine society. The testimonies provide intriguing glimpses of the attitudes on love and the marriage market, as well as the broader social structures and values of Renaissance Florence. Bruckner's analysis also illuminates some of the elaborate mechanisms of the Florentine political order, particularly the delicate balance of power between ecclesiastic and secular authorities. Blending scholarship with vivid narrative, the book portrays an extraordinary woman who challenged the unwritten codes and barriers of the social hierarchy and who dared to seek a measure of personal independence in a male-dominated world. Contents: I). The context. II). The history of a relationship. III). The quest for justice. IV). Love, marriage, and the social order. V). Epilogue. With references. 14 illustrations. X + 138 + (1) pag. Size: 21,5cmx13cm. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 024941

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Inhaltsangabe: Updated with a new foreword by Margaret Meserve, Giovanni and Lusanna provides a fascinating view of Renaissance Florentine society and its attitudes on love, marriage, class, and gender. Lusanna was a beautiful woman from a middle-class background who, in 1455, brought suit against Giovanni, her aristocratic lover, when she learned he had contracted to marry a woman of his own class.

Blending scholarship with insightful narrative, the book portrays an extraordinary woman who challenged the unwritten codes and barriers of the social hierarchy and dared to seek a measure of personal independence in a male-dominated world.


"Set against the grindstone of social class, this story of Lusanna versus Giovanni, gleaned from the archives of Renaissance Florence, throws a floodlight on relations between the sexes. Gene Brucker's wonderful account has remarkable resonance."
Lauro Martines, author of April Blood

“In the years since it first appeared, Gene Brucker's Giovanni and Lusanna has attracted a large and loyal readership. There is no better introduction to the complex realities of life (and love) in Florence during the Renaissance.?
William J. Connell, Professor of History and La Motta Chair in Italian Studies, Seton Hall University

"At its core, this splendid study is about stubborn love and the forms of law, and the impossibility of each to accommodate the ultimate claims of the other."
New York Times Book Review

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