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Medieval Italy, Medieval and Early Modern Women

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This book pays tribute to Professor Christine Meek with 16 essays that present the latest research in the evolution of Italian society towards the Renaissance and also provide fascinating and original studies of the actions of medieval women: in battle, as political leaders and as leaders of religious communities.

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Overview

This book pays tribute to Professor Christine Meek with 16 essays that present the latest research in the evolution of Italian society towards the Renaissance and also provide fascinating and original studies of the actions of medieval women: in battle, as political leaders and as leaders of religious communities.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781846822223
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations 7

Acknowledgment 9

Christine Meek's Publications 11

Introduction Conor Kostick Kostick, Conor 15

PART 1 MEDIEVAL ITALY

1 Becoming invisible: the role of economic history in medieval studies and in the historiography on medieval Italy George Dameron Dameron, George 25

2 Christine Meek and the history of Lucca Duane Osheim Osheim, Duane 39

3 Quasi-citta irredenta: Empoli (c.1100-1325) William R. Day Day, William R. 46

4 The origins of the Signoria in Cremona: the family background of Boso of Dovara Edward Coleman Coleman, Edward 65

5 Setting the prisoners free: Innocent III's papal leadership in action Brenda Bolton Bolton, Brenda 73

6 The sweet beloved and his legacy: a lawsuit for love and money from Lucca (1237) Andreas Meyer Meyer, Andreas 86

7 Debito pubblico e fiere di Champagne: un inedito documento lucchese di fine Duecento Ignazio Del Punta Del Punta, Ignazio 101

8 Flying across the Alps: 'Italy' in the works of Petrarch Jennifer Petrie Petrie, Jennifer 116

9 A dialogue of power: the politics of burial and commemoration in fourteenth-century Italy William Caferro Caferro, William 123

10 Community and country life in late medieval Tuscany Duane Osheim Osheim, Duane 136

11 The countryside and rural life in the fifteenth-century Lucchesia M.E. Bratchel Bratchel, M. E. 144

PART 2 MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN WOMEN

12 Conversio and conversatio in the Life of Herluca of Epfach I.S. Robinson Robinson, I. S. 172

13 Eleanor of Aquitaine and the women of the Second Crusade Conor Kostick Kostick, Conor 195

14 Consolation and desperation: a study of the letters of Peter of Blois in the name of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine Stephen Hanaphy Hanaphy, Stephen 206

15 Bardic poems of consolation to bereaved Irish ladies Katharine Simms Simms, Katharine 220

16 Lover of widows: St Jerome and female Piety Catherine Lawless Lawless, Catherine 231

17 Women's experiences of war in later medieval Ireland Gillian Kenny Kenny, Gillian 243

18 Bonae litterae and female erudition in early sixteenth-century Nuremberg Helga Robinson-Hammerstein Robinson-Hammerstein, Helga 256

19 Important ladies and important families: Lucrezia Borgia and Caterina Cibo Varano M. Grazia Nico Ottaviani Ottaviani, M. Grazia Nico 276

Notes on Contributors 283

Index 285

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