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Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice (Women in Culture & Society)

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In late sixteenth-century Venice, nearly 60 percent of all patrician women joined convents, and only a minority of these women did so voluntarily. In trying to explain why unprecedented numbers of patrician women did not marry, historians have claimed that dowries became too expensive. However, Jutta Gisela Sperling debunks this myth and argues that the rise of forced vocations happened within the context of aristocratic culture and society.

Sperling explains how women were not allowed to marry beneath their social status while men could, especially if their brides were wealthy. Faced with a shortage of suitable partners, patrician women were forced to offer themselves as "a gift not only to God, but to their fatherland," as Patriarch Giovanni Tiepolo told the Senate of Venice in 1619. Noting the declining birth rate among patrician women, Sperling explores the paradox of a marriage system that preserved the nobility at the price of its physical extinction. And on a more individual level, she tells the fascinating stories of these women. Some became scholars or advocates of women's rights, some took lovers, and others escaped only to survive as servants, prostitutes, or thieves.

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List of IllustrationsList of TablesForeword by Catharine R. StimpsonAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Potlatch alla Veneziana: Coerced Monachizations in the Context of Patrician Intermarriage and Conspicuous Consumption2. Marvelous Venice: A Virgin City and Its Noble Body Politic3. The Theology and Politics of Clausura4. The Economic Dimensions of the Convent-Reform Program5. Convents and the Question of State SovereigntyConclusionAppendix

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-399) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson

Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Potlatch alla Veneziana: Coerced Monachizations in the Context of Patrician Intermarriage and Conspicuous Consumption

2. Marvelous Venice: A Virgin City and Its Noble Body Politic

3. The Theology and Politics of Clausura

4. The Economic Dimensions of the Convent-Reform Program

5. Convents and the Question of State Sovereignty

Conclusion

Appendix

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226769363
Author:
Sperling, Jutta Gisela
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church History - Catholic
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Nobility
Subject:
Venice
Subject:
Monasticism and religious orders for women
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
Women - Italy - Venice - Social conditions -
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
no. 6
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 halftones, 14 tables
Pages:
434
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , List of IllustrationsList of TablesForeword by Catharine R. StimpsonAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Potlatch alla Veneziana: Coerced Monachizations in the Context of Patrician Intermarriage and Conspicuous Consumption2. Marvelous Venice: A Virgin City and Its Noble Body Politic3. The Theology and Politics of Clausura4. The Economic Dimensions of the Convent-Reform Program5. Convents and the Question of State SovereigntyConclusionAppendix
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