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Introduction

William J. Connell

in Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520232549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520232549.003.0001
Introduction

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The contributors to this book were asked to address ways in which Renaissance Florentines expressed or shaped their identity in interaction with their society. Chapters 1 through 6 address the exceptionally resilient and homogenous Florentine merchant elite that functioned as the true protagonist of much of Florentine history. Chapters 7 through 11 address Florentine religion. Chapters 12 through 16 treat persons who in one way or another occupied positions “outside” of Florentine society. These chapters treat criminals, the inhabitants of a subject town, Florentines who were exiled, Florentine merchants residing in Venice, and the Florentine pope who endured the Sack of Rome. The essays contained in this volume are dedicated to a historian without whose patient work and friendly encouragement our own efforts should have fallen far short of the mark.

Keywords: Renaissance Florentines; merchant elite; Florentine history; religion; society; Venice

Chapter.  5498 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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