Giovanni and Lusanna: a microcosm of Renaissance Florence. Contributed by Niamh Cullen. It feels a little strange being a twentieth-century. “Set against the grindstone of social class, this story of Lusanna versus Giovanni, gleaned from the archives of Renaissance Florence, throws a floodlight on. When Gene Brucker’s. Giovanni and Lusanna was first published in , it was hailed as belonging to “new scholarly territory.”1 Microhistory was a relatively.

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May 20, Sara rated it liked it. The affair occurred over many years and created quite the controversy throughout Florence, some rumors referring to Lusanna as promiscuous. Apr 21, Kristy marked it as to-read.

Renee rated it really liked it Aug 27, Giovanni was one of Lusanna’s many suitors who pined after her despite giovanhi fact that Lusanna was married. This tale is very interesting, considering that Lusanna’s actions in regards to taking her case to court when the man supposed to be her husband marries a younger girl and therefore committing bigamy.

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A vivid and entertaining little narrative, which I think poses more questions than it answers. By following her sexual and emotional desires, Lusanna not only encased the essence of humanism, but also disregarded social standards.

Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence By. These actions on igovanni part are ones ahead of her time, when women had a relatively l I had to read this book for a college class. Lusanna, then, was breaking the societal expectations of women. No trivia or quizzes yet.


Although Giovanni and Lusanna both committed adultery, as a man, Giovanni was acting according to social cues but was granted even more leniency by virtue of his wealth, and political power through family connections to the merchant guilds.

Feb 23, Lyndsey Silveira added it. Gene Brucker pieced these fragmented documents together along with his own extrapolations to create a cohesive storyline. So important was the ideal of feminine chastity to family honor that it was guarded as jealously by male relatives as their property. She won in the local court but lost when Giovanni appealed to the higher court lhsanna Rome.

Books Digital Products Journals. Brucker then uses this storyline to analyze Florentine society and culture and contrast this account with that of the larger narrative. Lusanna came from an artisan family, which was of lower anc than Giovanni’s merchant clan.

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Email required Address never made public. According to Lusanna and her family, there was a clandestine marriage ceremony between herself and Giovanni four months after her first husband’s death, and this was conducted by a priest who was a friend of Giovanni’s.

The assumptions that we can make about a historical giocanni character are endless. ,usanna book is a little dry, as history books often are. Giovanni, meanwhile, kept his aristocratic wife but lost one notes with satisfaction much of his fortune. Open Preview See a Problem? Major Patterns of Change and Continuity. The idea for this book all started when Renaissance historian ‘Gene Brucker’ dug up an interesting set of notary protocols during his time spent in the Florentine state archives.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She brought a case against him after learning that he had contracted another marriage with a noblewoman, alleging that his marriage to her made him a bigamist.

Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence

According to Giovanni and his supporters, he and Lusanna were simply lovers. In other words, more was expected of the women the nobler the family was; and they were therefore granted fewer freedoms to help protect the family image. This recount of a whirlwind love affair turned legal battle set in Renaissance Florence is intriguing, to say the least.

The standoff between a secular judge and an archbishop underscored the growing divide between church and state. The Renaissance was characterized by a period of artistic expression and revolution in the arts as well as increased individualism and resurgence in the popularity of classical influence.

The Renaissance began events that led to the fall of Catholic Church, with the largest losses taking place in the 16th century.

California Book Award for Nonfiction Silver Aug 04, John Carranza rated it really liked it. Because of this, the higher the social standing yiovanni the family, the more protective the men became of their wives, daughters, sisters, etcetera. Sarah rated it really liked it Dec 12, Assumes that some kind of objective historical truth can be found between the pages of these legal records, when in fact their creation was an act of fabrication in itself.