Giovanni and Lusanna: a microcosm of Renaissance Florence. Contributed by Niamh Cullen. It feels a little strange being a twentieth-century. “Set against the grindstone of social class, this story of Lusanna versus Giovanni, gleaned from the archives of Renaissance Florence, throws a floodlight on. When Gene Brucker’s. Giovanni and Lusanna was first published in , it was hailed as belonging to “new scholarly territory.”1 Microhistory was a relatively.

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A compact book with lots of meaning. Feb 23, Lyndsey Silveira added it. Jul 06, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: This story nicely ruins a couple of misconceptions many a modern reader and even historian unquestioningly be Florence, first half of the 15C. In addition, Brucker describes the challenges that a woman of the artisan class faced in seeking justice against a man of the wealthier, politically influential class, including the resistance the woman faced not just from members of that politically influential class but also from members of her own class, giovxnni saw her not as a woman wronged but as a grasping giofanni climber.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Assumes that some kind of objective historical truth can be ,usanna between the pages of these legal records, when in fact their creation was an act of fabrication in itself. It was very interesting to see a woman willing to lay everything on the line to make a man keep his word.

She won in the local court but lost when Giovanni appealed to the higher court in Rome. Louise rated it liked it Jan 28, Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.


Johnson rated it it was amazing. Paperbackpages. Women, on the other hand, were basically stuck in the Medieval Period. Basically, Lusanna claimed there was a marriage, while Giovanni denied it and claimed Lusanna was simply his mistress. Gene Brucker’s wonderful account has remarkable resonance. More like Court and Testimonials in Renaissance Florence.

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GIOVANNI AND LUSANNA: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence by Gene Brucker | Kirkus Reviews

When one considers the wnd gender roles and marriage customs of the era, it is clear that this is no traditional love story. This whole affair reminds me of something you see all the time in the news – a woman makes an accusation against a wealthy, powerful man and – rightly or wrongly – is attacked in the media because of it. Among these, Florence was run by the merchant guilds with strong banking ties. Reviews “Set against the grindstone of social class, this story of Lusanna versus Giovanni, gleaned from the archives of Renaissance Florence, throws lisanna floodlight on relations between the sexes.

Gene Brucker’s Giovanni and Lusanna: Summary & Analysis

Jan 22, Lizabeth J. There are several similarities between their world and ours, but for the most part we live in a totally different environment. Lusanna was a beautiful woman from a middle-class background who, inbrought suit against Giovanni, her aristocratic lover, when she learned he had contracted to marry a woman of his own class. Through her brother, Lusanna brought a case in ecclesiastical court alleging that aristocratic Giovanni had wed her in secret then abandoned her to wed a younger woman of his own social status.

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This entry was posted on 23 March at Apr 27, Shelby rated it really liked it. So how did women in renaissance Florence live their daily lives? Great book if you want to learn about the legal system and the role of women in upper-class Renaissance Italy.

Email required Address never made public. If general history contrasts micro-history how then might it paint a lusannna life in Florence during the mid 15th century?

University of California, She was not able to become pregnant due to medical problems. Giovanni, scion of a prominent merchant family, was smitten by and seduced Lusanna, a beauty from a petit-bourgeois background.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Other than that, it was about as engaging as a textbook. It was said in the book that a woman was not supposed to look a man in the eye while in giovannii.

More importantly the point Brucker tries to bring out is that this study of an out of the ordinary event will give us much insight into the social conventions of Renaissance Florence and will broaden our knowledge lusajna love and marriage in this period.

It seemed as though igovanni of the women in this story were against Lusanna because of her actions. Looking ahead for more. But either way, I still really liked this book. In this world, no matter when or where a person lives, the upper class will always have the power.