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<i>Li Emergenti Bisogni Matrimoniali</i> in Renaissance Florence

Julius Kirshner

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/9780520232549.003.0004
Li Emergenti Bisogni Matrimoniali in Renaissance Florence

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This chapter describes the costly transactions that took place in the course of Renaissance marriages. Li emergenti bisogni matrimoniali entailed sizable expenditures of capital on the part of new husbands and their kin in Renaissance Florence. Beyond reciprocity, matrimonial gifts, like linens and rings, had symbolic attributes that gave meaning to the passage of the bride from her own household into her husband's. The desire for honor impelled Florentine husbands and their families to spend lavishly on nuptial gifts, while the desire for alliances initiated a sequence of exchanges between the families of the bridegroom and bride. The Florentine husbands depicted in this chapter are intended to be contrasted with the stereotype of the overbearing capi di famiglia evoked by historians of medieval and Renaissance Italy. The interest paid to husbands on overdue dowries was sanctioned by virtually all jurists and moral theologians in recognition of li emergenti bisogni matrimoniali.

Keywords: Renaissance marriages; Renaissance Florence; matrimonial gifts; Florentine husbands; Italy; nuptial gifts

Chapter.  15320 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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