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Lay Male Identity in the Institutions of a Tuscan Provincial Town

James R. Banker

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/9780520232549.003.0014
Lay Male Identity in the Institutions of a Tuscan Provincial Town

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This chapter discusses how men of the town of Borgo San Sepolcro tackle directly the question of self-fashioning by carefully describing the universe of available roles and options through which an ordinary citizen of the town might establish an identity for himself. A method is proposed that is apt for delineating the Italian Renaissance form of identity. An examination of the myths and symbols of the town of Borgo San Sepolcro is also presented. The revival of knowledge of classical culture provided a second program for life that was newly available for the men of Borgo San Sepolcro in the Quattrocento. It may be argued that most men in provincial Renaissance Italy passively accepted the family's religion, occupational traditions, and town loyalty. Men and women of the Renaissance possessed a wide variety of choices whose combinations conferred specific identities.

Keywords: Borgo San Sepolcro; men; identity; Quattrocento; Italian Renaissance; provincial Renaissance Italy

Chapter.  9457 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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