Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy

By Julius Kirshner

© 2015

Through his research on the status of women in Florence and other Italian cities, Julius Kirshner helped to establish the socio-legal history of women in late medieval and Renaissance Italy and challenge the idea that Florentine women had an inferior legal position and civic status.

In Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Kirshner collects nine important essays which address these issues in Florence and the cities of northern and central Italy. Using a cross-disciplinary approach that draws on the methodologies of both social and legal history, the essays in this collection present a wealth of examples of daughters, wives, and widows acting as full-fledged social and legal actors.

Revised and updated to reflect current scholarship, the essays in Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy appear alongside an extended introduction which situates them within the broader field of Renaissance legal history.

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  • Series: Toronto Studies in Medieval Law
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 448 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
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In Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Kirshner collects nine important essays which address the socio-legal history of women in Florence and the cities of northern and central Italy.

Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy

By Julius Kirshner

© 2015

Through his research on the status of women in Florence and other Italian cities, Julius Kirshner helped to establish the socio-legal history of women in late medieval and Renaissance Italy and challenge the idea that Florentine women had an inferior legal position and civic status.

In Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Kirshner collects nine important essays which address these issues in Florence and the cities of northern and central Italy. Using a cross-disciplinary approach that draws on the methodologies of both social and legal history, the essays in this collection present a wealth of examples of daughters, wives, and widows acting as full-fledged social and legal actors.

Revised and updated to reflect current scholarship, the essays in Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy appear alongside an extended introduction which situates them within the broader field of Renaissance legal history.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Studies in Medieval Law
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 448 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘No respectable humanities library should be without it [Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship].’


    DeLloyd J. Guth
    Canadian Journal of History vol 52:02:2017

    “This collection brings some of Julius Kirshner’s most trenchant ideas about marriage, property, and the law together in one place.”
    Roisin Cossar, Department of History, University of Manitoba

    “Julius Kirshner virtually invented the field of Renaissance socio-legal history. The informed exegesis of thickly contextualized learned opinions (consilia) and related material that is the hallmark of Kirshner’s work nuances our understanding of society, politics, and economy in pre-modern Europe, especially in Italy, where the surviving evidence is superabundant.”


    Lawrin Armstrong, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
  • Author Information

    Julius Kirshner is an emeritus professor of Medieval and Renaissance History at the University of Chicago.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1. Making and Breaking Betrothal Contracts (Sponsalia) in Late Trecento Florence (Osvaldo Cavallar and Julius Kirshner)

    2. Li Emergenti Bisogni Matrimoniali in Renaissance Florence

    3. Materials for a Gilded Cage: Nondotal Assets in Florence, 1300–1500

    4. The Morning After: Collecting Monte Dowries in Renaissance Florence

    5. The Seven Percent Fund of Renaissance Florence (Julius Kirshner and Jacob Klerman)

    6. Wives’ Claims against Insolvent Husbands in Late Medieval Italy

    7. Women Married Elsewhere: Gender and Citizenship in Medieval Italy

    8. Dowry, Domicile, and Citizenship in Late Medieval Florence

    9. Pisa’s ‘Long-Arm’ Gabella Dotis (1420–1525): Issues, Cases, Legal Opinions

    Original Publication Information / 000

    Appendix 1. Ricordanze of Paolo d’Alessandro Sassetti

    Appendix 2. Formulario of Iacopo di ser Francesco Toschanelli

    Appendix 3. Two Consilia of Angelus de Ubaldis

    Appendix 4. Confessio dotis of Chirico di Giovanni of Florence

    Appendix 5. The Seven Percent Account of Lorenzo di Bonaccorso Pitti

    Appendix 6. Selected Jurists and Theologians

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