The Society of Renaissance Florence: A Documentary Study / Edition 1

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First published in 1971 by Harper & Row, The Society of Renaissance Florence is an invaluable collection of 132 original Florentine documents dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and covering a wide range of subjects from taxes to social mobility, to family, death, and civic life, to violence, crime, and morality. Also included are seldom seen documents addressing the state of the poor and such groups as Jews, heretics, sorcerers, and homosexuals.

'I have made a conscious effort to select material which reveals something about the emotions, passions, and temperaments of Renaissance Florentines.

'These documents are examples of the raw material with which the historian works, as he attempts to describe social structures, patterns of behavior, and value systems. They should convey some sense of the complexity of this society, and of the formidable task which confronts the student who seeks to generalize about its character... They can serve as models for the student interested in the problems of urban history in pre-industrial Europe.' - From the Preface.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802080790
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: RSART: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series, #8
  • Edition description: REP
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 1,331,191
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene A. Brucker is Professor Emeritus of the History Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Economic Structure 1
I A Primitive Tax Assessment
II The Catasto of 1427
III Economic Fortune and Social Mobility
IV Attitudes Toward Wealth
Pt. 2 The Family 28
I Marriage
II Death
III Property and Inheritance
IV Family Enmities
Pt. 3 Collectivities 74
I Corporations and Community
II The Commune
III The Parte Guelfa
IV The Guilds
Pt. 4 Violence and Its Control 95
I Patterns of Violence
II The Vendetta
III Prepotenza
IV Authority and its Abuse
Pt. 5 Crime and Punishment 139
I Crimes of Gravity
II Crimes of Subtlety
III Prison
IV Diminished Responsibility: Insanity
V Mercy and its Rationale
Pt. 6 Public Mores 179
I Sumptuary Legislation
II Gambling
III Prostitution
IV Sodomy
V The Surveillance of the Convents
Pt. 7 The Popolo Minuto 213
I Tribulations of the Poor
II Servitude
III Succor for the Indigent
IV Voices of the Poor
Pt. 8 Aberrants and Outgroups 240
I The Jews
II Heretics
III Sorcerers
Select Bibliography 275
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