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Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence / Edition 1

Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence / Edition 1

by Gene BruckerGene Brucker
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This compelling account of a wronged woman in Renaissance Florence, first published in 1986, is a fascinating view of 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520244955
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/14/2004
Edition description: First Edition, With a New Preface
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 799,017
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Gene Brucker is Shepard Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.He is the author of Renaissance Florence (California, 1983), Florence: The Golden Age (California, 1998), and Living on the Edge in Leonardo's Florence: Selected Essays (California, 2005).

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2005 Edition
Preface to the First Edition

1. The Context
2. The History of a Relationship
3. The Quest for Justice
4. Love, Marriage, and the Social Order
5. Epilogue

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