Chapter

Three in a Bed

in Love & Death in Renaissance Italy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226112589
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226112602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226112602.003.0007
Three in a Bed

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The story presented in this chapter, in subject and in plot, echoes the Renaissance novella. Though actual history, its events are the novellista's favorite subjects: love, seduction, sly plots, and barefaced trickery. As with many novelle, we are in the private sphere, in the family, indoors, and, as often, under a blanket. As always, stories about the minor doings of forgotten folk, when rich in detail, are precious for what they show about the contours of agency: the liberties and constraints of persons usually invisible. For some three decades, such claims have made microhistory's first-ditch defense. The author digs further trench lines and argues, once his tale is told, that for stories as wry as this one, some key themes of Pierre Bourdieu's sociology help make sense of all the ironies.

Keywords: Renaissance novella; love; seduction; family; ironies; Pierre Bourdieu

Chapter.  10232 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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