Women, Sex and Marriage in Early Modern Venice

Women, Sex and Marriage in Early Modern Venice

by Bruce Gordon, Daniela A. Hacke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754607631

ISBN-13: 9780754607632

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

"Women, Sex and Marriage in Early Modern Venice is the first study to investigate systematically the moral policies of both Church and State in the age of Counter-Reformation confessionalisation in Venice. Examining ecclesiastical and civil lawsuits related to illicit sex, broken marriage promises and disrupted marriages of artisan and ordinary women and men, Daniela…  See more details below

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"Women, Sex and Marriage in Early Modern Venice is the first study to investigate systematically the moral policies of both Church and State in the age of Counter-Reformation confessionalisation in Venice. Examining ecclesiastical and civil lawsuits related to illicit sex, broken marriage promises and disrupted marriages of artisan and ordinary women and men, Daniela Hacke can convincingly show how central sexual morality was to the patriarchal society of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Venice." "Drawing on a wide range of archival sources, the author reconstructs what gender difference meant in daily life, in courtship rituals, marital disputes, and in sexual relations." The study makes important contributions to the fields of gender history, social history and the history of crime and sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754607632
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Series:
St Andrews Studies in Reformation History
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2The city : principles of early modern Venetian society19
3Marital litigation and the courts31
4Narratives in court65
5Children and parents : consensual marriage and parental authority89
6Husbands and wives : marital discord119
7Sexuality, impotence and unstable masculinities144
8'Crimes of the flesh' : the sinful city177
9Adultery : a threat to conjugality201

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