Marriage in Italy, 1300-1650

Front Cover
Trevor Dean, K. J. P. Lowe
Cambridge University Press, May 9, 2002 - History - 320 pages
It is often said that marriage is a central or basic institution of society. This was perhaps more true in the past, or true in different ways, in periods when many marriages were arranged by parents, when brides were accompanied by dowries, and when marriage was used symbolically to represent the union of nuns to Christ or of rulers to their states. This volume examines four of the main areas of importance in the history of marriage: first, the wedding itself, its economics and trappings; the laws that aimed to regulate aspects of marriage; intermarriage among social groups; and, finally, the consequences of marriage for women. A number of contributions to the book set out to challenge current historical assumptions about marriage - as regards, for example, family marriage strategies or the effects of poverty and endogamy on marriage patterns in remote mountain communities.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages


issues in the history of marriage
Wedding finery in sixteenthcentury Venice
Secular brides and convent brides wedding ceremonies in Italy during the Renaissance and CounterReformation
The rape of the Sabine women on Quattrocento marriagepanels
Fathers and daughters marriage laws and marriage disputes in Bologna and Italy 12001500
Marriage ceremonies and the church in Italy after 1215
Dowry and the conversion of the Jews in sixteenthcentury Rome competition between the church and the Jewish community
Nobility women and the state marriage regulation in Venice 14201535
Marriage faction and conflict in sixteenthcentury Italy an example and a few questions
Marriage in the mountains the Florentine territorial state 13481500
Marriage and politics at the papal court in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
Bending the rules marriage in Renaissance collections of biographies of famous women
Separations and separated couples in fourteenthcentury Venice
Reconstructing the family widowhood and remarriage in Tuscany in the early modern period

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information