Giovanni and Lusanna: a microcosm of Renaissance Florence. Contributed by Niamh Cullen. It feels a little strange being a twentieth-century. “Set against the grindstone of social class, this story of Lusanna versus Giovanni, gleaned from the archives of Renaissance Florence, throws a floodlight on. When Gene Brucker’s. Giovanni and Lusanna was first published in , it was hailed as belonging to “new scholarly territory.”1 Microhistory was a relatively.

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This tale is very interesting, considering that Lusanna’s actions in regards to taking her case to court when the man supposed to be her husband marries a younger girl and therefore committing bigamy.

Open Preview See a Problem? Giovanni then refused to marry her in a public wedding because his social status would be greatly hurt to marry someone in the working class of Florence. The Quest for Justice 4. A rare glimpse into real life drama from the Renaissance period, with a through female perspective included. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: She was not able to become pregnant due to medical problems.

According to Giovanni and his supporters, he and Lusanna were simply lovers.

To be frank, I have never read a book that takes place in the Renaissance, let alone one that is about love and marriage. He is the author of Renaissance Florence California,Florence: Through her brother, Lusanna brought a case in ecclesiastical court alleging that aristocratic Giovanni had wed her in secret then abandoned her to wed a younger woman of his own social status.


It’s an interesting analysis of love, marriage and class differences in Renaissance Florence.

Want to Read saving…. In this world, no matter when or where a person lives, the upper class will always have the power. Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence By. Return to Book Page.

As part of this ongoing side-project, I came across a small, slim book in the Uffizi Gallery shop called Giovanni and Lusanna.

Women were also looked down upon for acting upon their urges, especially those of a sexual nature, although this was contradictory to the men of the time. Giovanni, scion of a prominent merchant family, was smitten by and seduced Lusanna, a beauty from a petit-bourgeois background.

Among these, Florence was run by the merchant guilds with strong banking ties. There are several similarities between their world and ours, nad for the most part we live in a totally different environment. Just be ready for the style, which is at times very dry and repetitive. In addition, Brucker describes the challenges giovabni a woman of the artisan class faced in seeking justice against a man of the wealthier, politically influential class, including the resistance the woman faced not just from members of that politically influential class but also from members of her own class, who saw her not as a woman wronged but as a grasping social climber.

Skip to main content. While it would be very easy to sensationalise such a story, or to play up the emotions involved, he never falls prey to this temptation. Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence?

Lacking further transcripts, he’s forced to speculate as to the grounds of the reversal and, even more frustratingly, can only guess what happened to Lusanna–she disappears from subsequent records.



Looking lksanna for more. In addition, Brucker describes the challenges I have assigned this book in several different courses on late medieval history and gender history. Even for those not overly interested in history, it should be a fairly fun read. Too much emphasis on telling the story of Giovanni and Lusanna, and too little on exploring giovanni vagaries of the Florentine judicial system. These events highlighted the growing tensions between the Church and state that evolved during and after the Renaissance.

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Gene Brucker’s Giovanni and Lusanna: Summary & Analysis – SchoolWorkHelper

These actions on her part are ones ahead of her time, when women had a relatively lower status compared to men during the age of the Renaissance. The affair wasn’t meant to be, Giovanni desired to marry another woman, but Lusanna claimed they aand still married.

Like Brucker states, “The disparity in social status between Giovanni and Lusanna was a critical issue in the dispute, evoking a variety of reactions from the witness InLusanna, the ad of an artisan and the widow of a linen-cloth manufacturer, sued Giovanni, a wealthy merchant and member of a prominent family, seeking legal recognition of their clandestine marriage.