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Author: Samuel K. Cohn Jr.

Title: Women in the Streets

Subtitle: Essays on Sex and Power in Renaissance Italy

Place: Baltimore, MD and London

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Year: 1996

Pages: 250pp.

ISBN-10: 0801853087 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0801853095 (paper) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Medieval History: 15th Century | European History: Italian History



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Author: Samuel Cohn, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow


  List of Figures and Tables (p. ix)
  Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  1. The Social History of Women in the Renaissance (p. 1)
  2. Women in the Streets, Women in the Courts, in Early Renaissance Florence (p. 16)
  3. Last Wills: Family, Women, and the Black Death in Central Italy (p. 39)
  4. Women and the Counter Reformation in Siena: Authority and Property in the Family (p. 57)
  5. Nuns and Dowry Funds: Women's Choices in the Renaissance (p. 76)
  6. Sex and Violence on the Periphery: The Territorial State in Early Renaissance Florence (p. 98)
  7. Prosperity in the Countryside: The Price Women Paid (p. 137)
  Notes (p. 167)
  Bibliography (p. 217)
  Index (p. 241)

Description: »Challenging conventional views of the history of women in the Italian Renaissance, Cohn examines the lives primarily of non-elite women and looks at their experiences in various city-states and regions, thus offering a different perspective from the history of aristocratic and well-to-do women in the large city-states. Drawing on a wide range of archival documentation, Cohn also relies on large sets of quantitative material to reveal a multifaceted view of women's social worlds not seen from the letters of patrician ladies or the prescriptive judgments of Renaissance moralists.
Within the larger historical contexts of the Black Death, the growth of territorial states, and the Counter Reformation, Women in the Streets charts changes in law, the structure and accessibility of the criminal courts, and the customs and mentalities that shaped women's lot, from infanticide to the control of sexual mores. Ultimately, Cohn argues, women are the protagonists of this book, whether the issue is their support of other women or the resolution of conflict in the streets of Florence, the control of their own dowries or the salvation of their own souls.« (Source: Johns Hopkins University Press)


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