Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta and Factions in Friuli during the Renaissance / Edition 1

Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta and Factions in Friuli during the Renaissance / Edition 1

by Edward Muir
     
 

Nobles were slaughtered and their castles looted or destroyed, bodies were dismembered and corpses fed to animals—the Udine carnival massacre of 1511 was the most extensive and damaging popular revolt in Renaissance Italy (and the basis for the story of Romeo and Juliet). Mad Blood Stirring is a gripping account and analysis of this event, as

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Nobles were slaughtered and their castles looted or destroyed, bodies were dismembered and corpses fed to animals—the Udine carnival massacre of 1511 was the most extensive and damaging popular revolt in Renaissance Italy (and the basis for the story of Romeo and Juliet). Mad Blood Stirring is a gripping account and analysis of this event, as well as the social structures and historical conflicts preceding it and the subtle shifts in the mentality of revenge it introduced.

This new reader's edition offers students and general readers an abridged version of this classic work which shifts the focus from specialized scholarly analysis to the book's main theme: the role of vendetta in city and family politics. Uncovering the many connections between the carnival motifs, hunting practices, and vendetta rituals, Muir finds that the Udine massacre occurred because, at that point in Renaissance history, violent revenge and allegiance to factions provided the best alternative to failed political institutions. But the carnival massacre also marked a crossroads: the old mentality of vendetta was soon supplanted by the emerging sense that the direct expression of anger should be suppressed—to be replaced by duels.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801858499
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
ABR
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
640,412
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on Names and Dates
Abbreviations
Introduction
Prologue3
Pt. 1Structures & Practices
1The Friulan Enigma15
2Regulating Conflicts49
3Factions in the Fifteenth Century77
Pt. 2Conjunctures & Events
4Approaching Thunder111
5The Tempest of 1511152
Pt. 3Mentalities & Ideologies
6The Problem of Meaning191
7Retaliations and Realignments215
8Toward the Duel247
Conclusion273
Appendixes283
Notes291
Bibliography359
Index381

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