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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If general history contrasts micro-history how then might it paint a general life in Florence during the mid 15th century? Had gioganni read for school.
I have used this book for four years to help teach Italian social history of the Renaissance, and as a work for beginners I cannot recommend it highly enough. Sarah rated it really liked it Dec 12, The book is a little dry, as history books often are. Brucker, author of Renaissance Florence, turns what might have been a dusty piece of scholar’s trivia into a top-notch courtroom drama, complete with contradictory testimony and recanting witnesses.
Aug 04, Danielle rated it really liked it Shelves: Mandi rated it liked it Sep 13, This compelling account of a wronged woman in Renaissance Florence, first published inis a fascinating view of Florentine society and its attitudes on love, marriage, class, and gender.
GIOVANNI AND LUSANNA: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence by Gene Brucker | Kirkus Reviews
The rest on booklikes: Books by Gene A. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Notify me of new posts via email. The book is very useful in helping students understand the complex nature of marriage in Renaissance-era Florentine society.
Indeed, the cornerstone of Giovanni’s defense rested on the concept that no Florentine male would wed a lower-born, dowerless woman. Eventually the matter was giovannl, albeit, through a third party because neither side would give in. Looking ahead for more. In this world, no matter when or where a person lives, the upper class will always have the power. Reviews “Set against the grindstone of social class, this story of Lusanna versus Giovanni, gleaned from the archives of Renaissance Florence, throws a floodlight on relations between the sexes.
The affair continued for 12 years, until Giovanni announced his marriage to an aristocratic girl. University of California, By focusing on the details and presenting them, as opposed to trying to fit the events into a larger story, Giovanni and Lusanna gives insight into real life in 15th century Florence and thus presents as a quintessential micro-history.
The Renaissance began events that led to the fall of Catholic Church, with the largest losses taking place in the 16th century.
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Gene Brucker’s Giovanni and Lusanna: Summary & Analysis
By following her sexual and emotional desires, Lusanan not only encased the essence of humanism, but also disregarded social standards.
Giovanni then refused to marry her in a public wedding because his social status would be greatly hurt to marry someone in the working class of Florence. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Giovanni and Lusanna makes for an informative and entertaining introduction to the world of Renaissance Florence, where, ordered and hierarchical as it was, a woman like Lusanna was still allowed to make her case, and her voice heard, for a brief moment in history.
Due to a woman’s lower social status than men in this age, hardly anyone believed her. Spread more of your pro views.
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Collectively, stories like that of Giovanni and Lusanna are considered to belong to a subcategory of history known as micro-history. Disciplines History European History.
It has been years since this suit, so it is impossible to know what the truth gioavnni. Did Giovanni abhorrently miscalculate what his social position could do for him? Lists with This Book. These events highlighted the growing tensions between the Church and state that evolved during and after the Renaissance. World History in Brief: About the Book This compelling account of a wronged woman in Renaissance Florence, first published inis a fascinating view of Florentine society and its attitudes on love, marriage, class, and gender.
In the story Lusanma and Lusanna, written and researched by Gene Brucker, there is a woman who has taken her alleged husband to court, because he has married another woman.
I have assigned this book in several different courses on late medieval history and gender history. Lacking further transcripts, he’s forced to speculate as to the grounds of the reversal and, even more frustratingly, can only guess what happened to Lusanna–she disappears from subsequent records.
Other than that, it was about as engaging as a textbook. Preview — Giovanni and Lusanna by Gene A. The Quest for Justice ljsanna. In other words, more was expected of the women the nobler the family was; and they were therefore granted fewer freedoms to help protect the family image. Trivia About Giovanni and Lusa Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.