Three people in a marriage: a woman and two men. This was the eighteenth-century Italian aristocratic model of marriage, characterized by the presence of the cicisbeo, the escort of another man's wife. Was it a brazen depravity or a complex and refined social institution, revealing aspects of Italian civilization in the Age of the Enlightenment?
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Table of Contents1. Introduction: Who were the Cicisbei? 2. In the World of Enlightenment 3. In the Eighteenth-Century Society 4. The Geopolitics of Cicisbeism 5. The Erotic Implications of Cicisbeism 6. The Cicisbei Banned