Women, Family and Society in Medieval Europe : Historical Essays, 1978-1991 / Edition 1

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"... qualities of careful scholarship , lucidity, and vision make this collection eminently accessible to the intelligent general reader and an extremely useful teaching text." · The Historian

"The essays collected in this volume ... have been lovingly compiled by Herlihy's colleague ... Molho, whose introduction links the adventurous curiosity of the historian to the generosity of the man ... pleasant as well as instructive ... Students in particular will profit from accompanying an accomplished master through his restless search for new techniques and new questions to address ... a typological guide through the great document collections of late medieval Italy." · Labor History

Until his untimely death in 1991, David Herlihy, Professor of History at Brown University, was one of the most prolific and best-known American historians of the European Middle Ages. Author of books on the history of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italy, Herlihy published, in 1978, his best-known work in collaboration with Christine Klapisch-Zuber, Les Toscans et leurs familles (Translated into English in 1985, and Italian in 1988). For the last dozen or so years of his life, Herlihy launched a series of ambitious projects, on the history ofwomen and the family, and on the collective behavior of social groups in medieval Europe. While he completed two important books - on the family (1985) and on women's work (1991) - he did not find the time to bring these other major projects to a conclusion.

This volume contains essays he wrote after 1978. They convey a sense of the enormous intellectual energy and great erudition that characterized David Herlihy's scholarly career. They also chart a remarkable historian's intellectual trajectory, as he searched for new and better ways of asking a set of simple and basic questions about the history of the family, the institution within which the vast majority of Europeans spent so much of their lives. Because of his qualities as a scholar and a teacher, during his relatively brief career Herlihy was honored with Presidencies of the four major scholarly associations with which he was affiliated: the Catholic Historical Association, the Medieval Academy of America, the Renaissance Society of America,and the American Historical Association.

Anthony Molho is Munro Goodwin Wilkinson Professor of European History at Brown University, and has written several works on the social, political, and economic history of late medieval and early modern Italy.

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Outlines the course of Herlihy's (history, Brown U.) scholarship on medieval Europe from about 1977 until his death in 1991, which focused on women and families in Italy from the early middle ages to the Renaissance. Among his topics are the sources of history, whether women had a Renaissance, incest, the Florentine merchant family, children, biology and history, and age and property. Also includes a 1981 address by Herlihy profiling the state of Medieval studies in the US. Three of the 18 essays are published here for the first time. Paper edition (024-2), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571810243
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

My Life in the Profession 3
1 Women and the Sources of Medieval History: The Towns of Northern Italy (1990) 13
2 Did Women Have a Renaissance? (1985) 33
3 The Natural History of Medieval Women (1978) 57
4 Women's Work in the Towns of Traditional Europe (1990) 69
5 Making Sense of Incest: Women and the Marriage Rules of the Early Middle Ages (1990) 96
6 Family (1991) 113
7 The Making of the Medieval Family: Symmetry, Structure, Sentiment (1983) 135
8 The Family and Religious Ideologies in Medieval Europe (1987) 154
9 Santa Caterina and San Bernardino: Their Teachings on the Family (1982) 174
10 The Florentine Merchant Family in the Middle Ages (1987) 193
11 Medieval Children (1978) 215
12 Biology and History: Suggestions for a Dialogue (1991) 247
13 Age, Property and Career in Medieval Society (1990) 261
14 Society, Court and Culture in Sixteenth-Century Mantua 279
15 City and Countryside in Renaissance Tuscany 296
16 The Problem of the "Return to the Land" (1981) 314
17 Tuscan Names, 1200-1530 (1988) 330
18 The Rulers of Florence, 1282-1530 (1991) 353
Appendix: The American Medievalist (1983) 381
Index 393
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