Gender, honor, and charity in late Renaissance Florence / Philip Gavitt.

"This book examines the important social role of charitable institutions for women and children in late Renaissance Florence. Wars, social unrest, disease, and growing economic inequality on the Italian peninsula displaced hundreds of thousands of families during this period. In order to handle...

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Main Author: Gavitt, Philip, 1950-2020.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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Summary:"This book examines the important social role of charitable institutions for women and children in late Renaissance Florence. Wars, social unrest, disease, and growing economic inequality on the Italian peninsula displaced hundreds of thousands of families during this period. In order to handle the social crises generated by war, competition for social position, and the abandonment of children, a series of private and public initiatives expanded existing charitable institutions and founded new ones. Philip Gavitt's research reveals the important role played by lineage ideology among Florence's elites in the use and manipulation of these charitable institutions in the often futile pursuit of economic and social stability. Considering families of all social levels, he argues that the pursuit of family wealth and prestige often worked at cross-purposes with the survival of the very families it was supposed to preserve"--
Physical Description:1 online resource (x, 280 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-264) and index.
ISBN:9781139078320
1139078321