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Women and Men in Renaissance Venice Twelve Essays on Patrician Society

ISBN-10: 0801863953
ISBN-13: 9780801863950
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Description: In Women and Men in Renaissance Venice Stanley Chojnacki explores the central role played by women in holding Venetian patrician society together. Family relations, marriages, and dowries were the areas in which women interacted dynamically with  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.00
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 2/29/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

In Women and Men in Renaissance Venice Stanley Chojnacki explores the central role played by women in holding Venetian patrician society together. Family relations, marriages, and dowries were the areas in which women interacted dynamically with men. The three parts of the book discuss the involvement of the state in those interactions; the social and economic consequences for women; and their unexpectedly varied consequences for men of the patriciate. The society Chojnacki describes is at once socially complex and highly regulated. On the one hand, women of the Venetian nobility, like patrician women in other cities, were subordinate to their fathers and husbands. But unlike their counterparts elsewhere, Venetian patrician women exercised much control over their own wealth and property and were key players in family strategies. Thanks to advantageous state regulations regarding dowries and marriage practices, Venetian women influenced their fathers' financial and social choices, which in turn affected their fathers' and husbands' attitudes and behavior toward them. Because limited family resources favored some daughters' marriage prospects at the expense of their sisters', the family and marriage practices of the Venetian nobles led to a range of vocations for women, as well as for men.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Family and State, Women and Men
The State, Its Institutions, and Gender
Gender and the Early Renaissance State
Marriage Regulation in Venice, 1420-1535
From Trousseau to Groomgift
Getting Back the Dowry
Women, Marriage, and Motherhood
Patrician Women in Early Renaissance Venice
Dowries and Kinsmen
The Power of Love: Wives and Husbands
"The Most Serious Duty": Motherhood, Gender, and Patrician Culture
Varieties of Masculinity
Measuring Adulthood: Adolescence and Gender
Kinship Ties and Young Patricians
Political Adulthood
Subaltern Patriarchs: Patrician Bachelors
Manuscript Sources and Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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