Marriage Wars in Late Renaissance Venice (Studies in the by Joanne M. Ferraro

By Joanne M. Ferraro

According to a desirable physique of formerly unexamined archival fabric, this ebook brings to existence the misplaced voices of normal Venetians throughout the age of Catholic revival. scripts that have been delivered to the city's ecclesiastical courts by means of spouses looking to annul their marriage vows, this e-book opens up the emotional global of intimacy and clash, sexuality, and dwelling preparations that didn't healthy normative versions of marriage.

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These conceptual tools allow for an exploration of the extent to which Venetians were able to choose marriage partners or to break their marriage ties successfully, and to protect themselves and their property during the separation process. It is instructive to measure this degree of success in a comparative context. 12 Particularly in early modern France, Sarah Hanley has found that the efforts of the noblesse de robe to secularize family law, and thus obtain absolute jurisdiction over their children’s betrothals, worked in lockstep with the growth of the absolutist state.

The unspoken is tantalizing. Did Camilla have a man waiting in the wings to marry her? Could she have survived twentyfive years of prostitution? Was she already living with someone else? Did she perhaps have children whom she was eager to legitimize? Did she fear her soul was in jeopardy because of an illegitimate liaison? Was she avoiding a charge of adultery by claiming she was a prostitute? Or had she reached the end of a career in prostitution and now wished the return of her dowry? All of these are possibilities, but not reasons that would likely convince an ecclesiastical judge to grant the annulment.

To state prosecutors, lawyers, or priests as men? To family and community? Did men use accusations of adultery differently than woman? Viewing gender as an important determinant of human experience broadens the conceptual framework of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century family by illuminating women’s actions, by drawing attention to men’s participation in family life, and by breaking down purported divisions of private and public. 11 In this view, there is no one universal, permanent subject status for women, workers, peasants, or other created categories.

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