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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Giovnani. Preview — Giovanni and Lusanna by Gene A. This compelling account of a wronged woman in Renaissance Florence, first published inis a fascinating glovanni of Florentine society and its attitudes on love, marriage, class, and gender.
Lusanna was a beautiful woman from a middle-class background who, inbrought suit against Lueanna, her aristocratic lover, when she learned he had contracted to marry a woman 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. Lusanna was a beautiful woman from a middle-class background who, inbrought suit against Giovanni, her aristocratic lover, when she learned he had contracted to marry a woman of his own class.
Blending scholarship with insightful narrative, the luanna 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. Paperbackpages. California Book Award for Nonfiction Silver To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Giovanni and Lusannaplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet qnd on Listopia. Sep 17, Petruccio Hambasket IV rated it liked it. The idea for this book all started when Renaissance historian ‘Gene Brucker’ dug up an interesting set of notary protocols during his time anr in the Florentine state archives.
What he discovered in those lengthy legal documents went on to highlight an atypical set of Florentine events which would inevitably lead all the way to a papal breve being sent out in The suit involves the daughter of a foreign born The idea for this book all started when Renaissance historian ‘Gene Brucker’ dug up an interesting set of notary protocols during his time spent in the Florentine state archives.
The suit involves the daughter of a foreign born artisan, Lusannaas the plaintiff of a situation that glovanni at its best be described as gross misunderstanding of what constitutes a marital bond. You would initially think the documentation of a proper marriage ceremony would solve such an issue almost immediately, but alas, nothing seems to be that easy in the mid 14th century Florentine world.
Lusanna’s so-called ‘husband’, a wealthy young aristocrat by lisanna name of ‘Givoanni della Casa’, decides that his marriage to Lusanna literally never happened and remarries during their ongoing engagement. The vicious and dirty back and forth legal battle is depicted splendidly by Brucker who gives us a background check on both of the leading stars and supporting cast as we try to wrestle the squirming facts into bare submission.
Is Lusanna a lying adulterous harlot just trying to climb the ranks?
Did Giovanni abhorrently miscalculate what his social position could do for him? Was their actually a clandestine wedding ceremony on a certain May day? Decide for yourself as you take in a dramatic collage of sworn testament from over a dozen unique witnesses low born peasants, high-ranking officials, family, friends, etc. More importantly the point Brucker tries to bring out is that this study of an out of the ordinary event gioganni give us much insight into the social conventions of Renaissance Florence and will broaden our knowledge of love and marriage in this period.
Overall, quite an interesting read, and to my surprise not as dry as these type of specialized historical prints tend to be.
Gene Brucker’s Giovanni and Lusanna: Summary & Analysis
This is what modern scholarship would label ‘microhistory’, or specifically the study of a single small event: Brucker splits this conveniently into 5 informative sections requiring no historical background knowledge to jump in this strange little study easily readable in one sittingand he makes sure to explain as much as he can towards the end.
Worth a shot if you’re a history enthusiastic and a must read for Renaissance fans. Apr 27, Shelby rated it really liked it. This recount of a whirlwind love affair turned legal battle set in Renaissance Florence is intriguing, to say the least.
When one considers the traditional gender roles and marriage customs of the era, it is clear that this is no traditional love story. Lusanna, a woman of the artisan class, was widely regarded as exquisitely beautiful by her many suitors.
Giovanni was one of Lusanna’s many suitors who pined after her despite the fact that Lusanna was married. 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. The affair occurred over many years and created quite the controversy throughout Florence, some rumors referring to Lusanna as promiscuous.
The affair wasn’t meant to be, Giovanni desired to marry another woman, but Lusanna claimed they were still married.
Due to a woman’s lower social status than men in this age, hardly anyone believed her. Lusanna, however, anx determined to prove those who ggiovanni against her wrong and went to court. Lusanna’s defiance of the traditional gender roles and stubborn determination is what makes this historic love turned legal affair as recounted by Brucker extremely compelling.
Brucker provides a great flow of events and background to the story that even those unfamiliar with the essence of Renaissance Florence will appreciate his retelling. Apr 03, Emmkay rated it liked it Shelves: An intriguing, if brief, microhistory about the efforts of a woman in Renaissance Florence to hold her aristocratic lover to account. Through her brother, Lusanna brought a case in abd court alleging that aristocratic Giovanni had wed her in secret then abandoned her to wed a younger woman of his own social status.
Very interesting and suggestive archival work, though much is left unsaid. Aug 07, Derek Rivard rated it it was amazing. I have used giovannii 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.
Jan 22, Lizabeth J. Johnson rated it it was amazing. I have assigned this book in several different courses on late medieval history and gender history. The book is very useful in helping students understand the complex nature of marriage in Renaissance-era Florentine society. Ggiovanni provides a very good luswnna of how marriage traditionally worked for members of the noble and wealthier classes in Florence, as well as how marriage traditionally worked for nad of the artisan and working classes.
In addition, Brucker describes the challenges I have assigned ludanna book in several different courses on late medieval history and gender history. In addition, Brucker describes the challenges that a woman of the artisan class faced in seeking justice against a man of the wealthier, politically influential class, including the resistance the woman faced not just gipvanni members of that politically influential class but also from members of her own class, who saw her not as a woman wronged but as a grasping social climber.
Most importantly, students have the opportunity to learn about traditional female and male gender roles, as both Lusanna and Giovanni were essentially prohibited from marrying for love by the society they lived in. May 20, Sara rated it liked it. It focused mostly on love and marriage in terms of class and gender, and I found those elements interesting.
Other than that, it was about as engaging as a textbook.
Dec 27, Shannon Kauderer rated it liked it. Obviously well researched, but was not very good at bringing the reader up to speed with the culture of the time. Too much time is spent lhsanna “this is just a possibility” instead of showing the facts and letting the reader come to a conclusion themselves. Sep 30, Cassy rated it liked it.
Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence by Gene A. Brucker
Had to read for school. Jul 06, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: InLusanna, the daughter of an artisan and the widow of a linen-cloth manufacturer, sued Giovanni, a wealthy merchant luanna member of a prominent family, seeking legal recognition of their clandestine marriage. Basically, Lusanna gipvanni there was a marriage, while Giovanni denied it and claimed Lusanna was simply his mistress.
Like Abd states, “The disparity in social status between Giovanni and Lusanna was a critical issue in the dispute, evoking a variety of reactions from the witness InLusanna, the daughter of an artisan and the widow of a linen-cloth manufacturer, sued Giovanni, a wealthy merchant and member of a prominent family, seeking legal recognition of their clandestine marriage. 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.
Lusanna came from an artisan family, which was of lower rank than Giovanni’s merchant clan. Giovanni first saw Lusanna in the early s when they were both in their early 20s.
At that time, Lusanna had been married for half a dozen years. According to Lusanna and her family, there was a clandestine marriage ceremony between herself and Giovanni four months after her first husband’s death, and this was conducted by a priest who was a ajd of Giovanni’s.
According to Giovanni and his supporters, he and Lusanna were simply lovers. He portrayed Lusanna as a woman of loose morals who had several other lovers in addition to him. Things came giovani a head when Giovanni anc another woman. Lusanna sued him, demanding that their relationship ludanna recognized legally.
This whole affair reminds me of something you see all the time in the news – a woman makes an accusation against a wealthy, powerful man and – rightly or wrongly – is attacked in the media because of it.
Lusannaa has been years since this suit, so it is impossible to know what the truth is. The book is a little dry, as history books often are. Sometimes the names can get confusing. The book is quite short, just pages including index. I think it could have been fleshed out a little more.
However, this is an interesting portrait of a woman who did not hesitate to fight when she felt her rights were being violated. Sep 18, Tiffany McDonald rated it really liked it. I had to read this book for a college class.
To be frank, I have never read a book that takes place in the Renaissance, abd alone one that is about love and marriage. But either way, I still really liked this book. This tale is very interesting, considering that Lusanna’s actions in regards to taking her case to court when the man supposed to be her husband marries a younger girl and therefore committing bigamy.
These actions on her part are ones ahead of her time, when women had a relatively l I had to read this book for a college class. These actions on her part are ones ahead of her time, when women had a relatively lower status compared to men during the giovamni of the Renaissance. Not to mention these actions as well as the views of others make Lusanna a pretty mysterious figure.
It makes you wonder “Wow, who is this woman? And the ending makes Lusanna even more mysterious, for which I will not spoil because it is a pretty shocking ending.