How to Do It Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians

ISBN-10: 0226042006
ISBN-13: 9780226042008
Edition: N/A
Authors: Rudolph M. Bell
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Description: How to Do Itshows us sixteenth-century Italy from an entirely new perspective: through manuals which were staples in the households of middlebrow Italians merely trying to lead better lives. Addressing challenges such as how to conceive a boy, the  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

How to Do Itshows us sixteenth-century Italy from an entirely new perspective: through manuals which were staples in the households of middlebrow Italians merely trying to lead better lives. Addressing challenges such as how to conceive a boy, the manuals offered suggestions such as tying a tourniquet around your husband's left testicle. Or should you want to goad female desires, throw 90 grubs in a liter of olive oil, let steep in the sun for a week and apply liberally on the male anatomy. Bell's journey through booklets long dismissed by scholars as being of little literary value gives us a refreshing and surprisingly fun social history.

Rudolph M. Bell, professor of history at Rutgers University, is the author of a number of books in Italian history, among them�Fate and Honor, Family and Village: Demographic and Cultural Change in Rural Italy Since 1800,�Holy Anorexia, How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians, and The Voices of Gemma Galgani: The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Saint (with Cristina Mazzoni),�all published by the University of Chicago Press.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Readers
Conception
Boy or Girl
Frequency of Intercourse
Positions during Intercourse
Setting
Male Impotence
Infertility in Women
Menstruation
Are You Pregnant?
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Boy or Girl?
Maybe Twins?
Due Date
Miscarriage
Diet and Daily Activity
Midwives
Anatomy
Labor
Postpartum Care
Raising Your Child
Nursing: Who Should Do It?
Nursing: How to Do It
Child Rearing: Physical Health
Child Rearing: Good Character
Children's Books
Adolescence
Who Was an Adolescent?
The Sins of Adolescence
Making Fun
Choosing a Spouse
Marital Relations
From the Humanists
From the Church
From the Gentlemen
Widows
Then and Now
Female Authorship
The Internet
Notes
Index

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