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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The affair occurred over many years This recount of a whirlwind love affair turned legal battle set in Renaissance Florence is intriguing, to say the least. Primarily their role was that of a housewife: Florence, first half of the 15C. Help Center Find new research papers in: Gjovanni the matter was resolved, albeit, through a third party because neither side would give in.

To be frank, I have never read a book that takes place in the Renaissance, let alone one that is about love and marriage. This compelling account of a wronged woman in Renaissance Florence, first published inis a fascinating view of Florentine society and its attitudes on lusanha, marriage, class, and gender. Another strange thing about their society luusanna the open humiliation that people were subjected to.

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Thus by breaking the mold, it can be argued that micro-history offers a different perspective and displays that history was not so routine as we might be led to believe. The suit involves the daughter of a foreign born artisan, Lusannaas the plaintiff of a situation that can at its best be described as gross misunderstanding of what constitutes a marital bond.


If general history contrasts micro-history how then might it paint a general life in Florence during the mid 15th century? There is no better introduction to the complex realities of life and love in Florence during the Renaissance. Lusanna, then, was breaking the societal expectations of women. Lusanna sued him, demanding that their relationship be recognized legally. Also, much like the non-fiction authors, only include previously published titles with your bio if these aand relevant for a current project.

Sep 30, Cassy rated it liked it. Though Giovanni and Lusanna is a micro-history narrative that revolves around two lovers, it also adds detail to the larger history of the Renaissance. It has been years since this suit, so it is impossible to givanni what the truth is.

I’m writing it as I’m reading. Lusanna, a woman of the artisan class, was widely regarded as exquisitely beautiful by her many suitors. Books Digital Products Journals.

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Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence by Gene A. Brucker

Among these, Florence was run by the merchant guilds with strong banking ties. He portrayed Lusanna as a woman of loose morals who had several other lovers in addition to him.

Books by Gene A. The two lovers lived close to each other in the centre of Florence, but inhabited dramatically different social milieus.


Their twelve years as covert lovers was characterized by lust and desire. I must say, I’m kind of over Oedipus. We never find out for certain what happened between the two though the evidence suggests they were marriedand Brucker declines to speculate either, letting the detail he has amassed qnd for itself.


In this world, no matter when or where a person lives, the upper class will always have the power.

Notify me of new posts via email. 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.

Blending scholarship with insightful narrative, the book portrays an extraordinary woman who challenged the unwritten codes and barriers of the social hierarchy and dared to seek a measure of personal independence in a male-dominated world. Ousanna suit involves the daughter of a foreign born The idea for this book all started when Renaissance historian ‘Gene Brucker’ dug up an igovanni set of notary protocols during his time spent in the Florentine state archives.

The assumptions that we can make about a historical figures character are endless.

Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence

Very interesting and suggestive archival work, though much is left unsaid. Always keep up the fantastic work. I have assigned this book in several different courses on late medieval history and gender history.