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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Like Brucker states, “The disparity in social status between Giovanni and Lusanna was a critical issue in the dispute, evoking a variety of reactions from the witnesses. This pretty much left her free to have unprotected sex with as many lovers as she wanted. The Renaissance began events that led to the fall of Catholic Church, with the anv losses giofanni place in the 16th century.

Far from it being just a love story-gone-wrong, the story of the lovers, and of how their case was conducted tells us much about the power structure of fifteenth century Florence and the complex and contradictory place of religion in that society, as well as giving us fascinating detail about the customs and values surrounding marriage, love and relationships.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Love, Marriage, and the Social Order 5. These actions on her part are ones ahead of her time, when women had a relatively lower status compared to men during the age of the Renaissance.


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It makes you wonder “Wow, who is this woman? Sep giovannni, Tiffany McDonald rated it really liked it. Ove e moglia mia? The two lovers lived close to each other in the centre of Florence, but inhabited dramatically different social milieus. Dec 27, Shannon Kauderer rated it liked it. Jan 22, Lizabeth J. Lusanna, however, was determined to prove those who were against her wrong and went to court.

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I must say, I’m kind of over Oedipus. This story nicely ruins a couple of misconceptions many a modern reader and even historian unquestioningly believes in. Lusanna’s so-called ‘husband’, a wealthy young aristocrat by the name of ‘Givoanni della Casa’, decides that his marriage to Lusanna literally never happened and remarries during their ongoing engagement.


You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. The standoff between a secular judge and an archbishop underscored the growing divide between church and state. The book is a xnd dry, as history books often are. This is what modern scholarship would label ‘microhistory’, or specifically the study of a single small event: Epilogue References Znd for Illustrations. Not that that’s a bad thing Sometimes the names can get confusing. Want to Read saving….

Did Giovanni abhorrently miscalculate what his social position could do for him? By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Giovannk seemed as though many of the women in this story were against Lusanna because of her actions. 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 of love and marriage in this lusannz.

Although Giovanni and Lusanna both committed adultery, as a man, Giovanni was acting according to social cues but was granted even more leniency by virtue of his wealth, and political power through family connections to the merchant guilds.

Gene Brucker’s Giovanni and Lusanna: Summary & Analysis

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. Very interesting and suggestive archival work, though much is left unsaid. University of California, Remember me on this computer. Sep 03, Shane Avery rated it really liked it Shelves: Lusanna was said to have had several lovers. Be the first to discover new talent!


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The fact is, money is power, and with the greed that is naturally built into every human, money will consistently come out on top. However, this is an interesting portrait of a woman who did not hesitate to fight when she felt her rights were being violated.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I think it could have been fleshed out a little more. She specialises in modern Italian history and her current research project focuses adn the relationship between dress, popular culture and social change in s and 60s Italy.

These events highlighted giovahni growing tensions between the Church and state that evolved during and after the Renaissance. This recount of a whirlwind love affair turned legal battle set in Renaissance Florence is intriguing, to say the least.

It is true that they do sometimes occur, but the responsible party often ends up looking worse that the person they were trying to hurt. Humanism once again took hold and stressed the beauty of the human form, importance of rational thinking, and freedom of expression.

Giovanni was one of Lusanna’s many suitors who pined after her despite the fact that Lusanna was married.