Marriage in Italy, 1300-1650

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Trevor Dean, K. J. P. Lowe
Cambridge University Press, May 9, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

issues in the history of marriage
1
Wedding finery in sixteenthcentury Venice
25
Secular brides and convent brides wedding ceremonies in Italy during the Renaissance and CounterReformation
41
The rape of the Sabine women on Quattrocento marriagepanels
66
Fathers and daughters marriage laws and marriage disputes in Bologna and Italy 12001500
85
Marriage ceremonies and the church in Italy after 1215
107
Dowry and the conversion of the Jews in sixteenthcentury Rome competition between the church and the Jewish community
116
Nobility women and the state marriage regulation in Venice 14201535
128
Marriage faction and conflict in sixteenthcentury Italy an example and a few questions
155
Marriage in the mountains the Florentine territorial state 13481500
174
Marriage and politics at the papal court in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
197
Bending the rules marriage in Renaissance collections of biographies of famous women
227
Separations and separated couples in fourteenthcentury Venice
249
Reconstructing the family widowhood and remarriage in Tuscany in the early modern period
275
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