Law, family & women: toward a legal anthropology of Renaissance Italy

Law, family & women: toward a legal anthropology of Renaissance Italy

Law, family & women: toward a legal anthropology of Renaissance Italy

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Thomas Kuehn
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): Illinois
  • Publication Information: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1991
  • Publication Type (Medium): History
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Other titles: Law, family, and women.
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Short Description

XIII, 415 pages ; 24 cm

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, Law, family & women: toward a legal anthropology of Renaissance Italy is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: Thomas Kuehn.
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Country/State: Illinois
  • Number of Editions: 19 editions
  • First edition Date: 1991
  • Last edition Date: 1994
  • Languages: English
  • Library of Congress Code: KKH5601
  • Dewey Code: 349.4551
  • ISBN: 0226457621 9780226457628
  • OCLC: 23462593

Publisher Description:

Focusing on Florence, Thomas Kuehn demonstrates the formative
influence of law on Italian society during the Renaissance,
especially in the spheres of family and women. Kuehn's use
of legal sources along with letters, diaries, and
contemporary accounts allows him to present a compelling
image of the social processes that affected the shape and
function of the law.
The numerous law courts of Italian city-states
constantly devised and revised statutes. Kuehn traces the
permutations of these laws, then examines their use by
Florentines to arbitrate conflict and regulate social
behavior regarding such issues as kinship, marriage,
business, inheritance, ILllegitimacy, and gender. Ranging
from one man's embittered denunciation of his father to
another's reaction to his kinsmen's rejection of him as
illegitimate, Law, Family, and Women provides
fascinating evidence of the tensions riddling family life in
Renaissance Florence. Kuehn shows how these same tensions,
often articulated in and through the law, affected women. He
examines the role of the mundualdus–a male legal guardian
for women–in Florence, the control of fathers over their
married daughters, and issues of inheritance by and through
women. An ambitious attempt to reformulate the agenda of
Renaissance social history, Kuehn's work will be of value to
both legal anthropologists and social historians.
Thomas Kuehn is professor of history at Clemson

Main Contents

Part one : Law. Law and arbitration in Renaissance Florence
Dispute processing in the Renaissance : some Florentine examples
Conflicting conceptions of property in Quattrocento Florence : a dispute over ownership in 1425-26. Part two : Family. Honor and conflict in a fifteenth-century Florentine family
A reconsideration of self-discipline impacts among the Peruzzi of Florence
Reading between the patrilines : Leon Battista Alberti's Della Famiglia in light of his ILlegitimacy
“As if conceived within a legitimate marriage” : a dispute concerning legitimation in Quattrocento Florence. Part three : Women. Women, marriage, and Patria Potestas in late medieval Florence
“Cum Consensu Mundualdi” : legal guardianship of women in Quattrocento Florence
Ambiguities of female inheritance ideology in the Renaissance
Appendix : examples of arbitration.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Part One: Law
1. Law and Arbitration in Renaissance Florence
2. Dispute Processing in the Renaissance: Some Florentine Examples
3. Conflicting Conceptions of Property in Quattrocento Florence: A Dispute over Ownership in 1425-26
Part Two: Family
4. Honor and Conflict in a Fifteenth-Century Florentine Family
5. A Reconsideration of Self-Disciplining Pacts among the Peruzzi of Florence
6. Reading between the Patrilines: Leon Battista Alberti's Della Famiglia in Light of His Illegitimacy
7. “As If Conceived within a Legitimate Marriage”: A Dispute Concerning Legitimation in Quattrocento Florence
Part Three: Women
8. Women, Marriage, and Patria Potestas in Late Medieval Florence
9. “Cum Consensu Mundualdi”: Legal Guardianship of Women in Quattrocento Florence
10. Some Ambiguities of Female Inheritance Ideology in the Renaissance
Appendix: Examples of Arbitration

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