Patriarchy, Honour, and Violence: Masculinities in Premodern Europe
The Male Body and Social Masculinity in Premodern Europe
Crossing premodern Europe, the essays in this volume examine how masculinity was constructed by external presentation, such as hair, musculature, sexual prowess, clothing, and honourable behaviour, or deconstructed through bodily defects such a virginity, impotence, castration, non-normative sexuality, or shameful behaviour. Together, they reveal the fluctuations that men experienced and explore how social and embodied masculinity intersected and could reconstruct or redefine masculinity as social and cultural values modified.
Idealizing Women in the Italian Renaissance
Between the fifteenth and seventeenth century, Italy was home to an animated debate on the role of women in society, history, and religion. Despite this open and fruitful dialogue, women were still idealized according to a strict model of female virtue based on a culture of honour and chastity that was reflected in the arts as well as in law and daily life. The volume analyses this process of idealization, the rhetorical, philosophical, or historical tools used, and how this vision differed from theory and practice.
“We are All Servants”: The Diversity of Service in Premodern Europe (1000–1700)
Service permeated premodern Europe and was a key concept for defining relationships. This volume explores simultaneously the medieval and early modern periods, and considers service and servants through multiple discourses and in a wide variety of contexts. The volume brings together an interdisciplinary and international team of scholars who study a highly diverse group of servants: male and female, young and old, lay and religious, of both high and low status, with few or great expectations for their future.
Good Government and Church Order: Essays on the Role of Secular Authority in the German Reformation
The essays in this volume, written over the span of five decades, are in most cases an exploration of the often unrecognized or poorly understood relationships among four reformers who were advocates of governmental responsibility for religious reform: Erasmus of Rotterdam, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and Johannes Brenz.
Confraternities in Southern Italy: Art, Politics, and Religion (1100–1800)
Confraternity studies has been one of the most innovative and active fields of scholarly inquiry in the last several decades, yet few scholars have ventured beyond the traditional focus on northern Italian communities. This ambitious volume addresses the historical and historiographical origins of these scholarly biases, introduces the vibrant yet understudied world of southern Italian confraternities, and provides many suggestions for areas of future research and comparative analysis.
Leo Africanus Discovers Comedy: Theatre and Poetry Across the Mediterranean
Making a Play for God: The Sacre Rappresentazioni of Renaissance Florence (vol. 1)
Making a Play for God: The Sacre Rappresentazioni of Renaissance Florence (vol. 2)
Exploration and Revelation: French Renaissance Studies in Honour of Colin Eisler
Under the aegis of discerning patrons such as Francis I, Henri II, and Catherine de’ Medici, France developed a rich artistic vocabulary dominated by elongated figures, inventive decorative motifs, and intriguing subject matter. The volume’s contributors explore different aspects of the extant material record and how it was shaped.
Eternal Ephemera: The Papal Possesso and Its Legacies in Early Modern Rome
Crusade Propaganda in Word and Image in Early Modern Italy: Niccolò Guidalottos’ Panorama of Constantinople (1662)
The Saint between Manuscript and Print: Italy 1400-1600
Medici Women: The Making of a Dynasty in Grand Ducal Tuscany
The Medici grand ducal family and the court it created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have long fascinated historians and the general public. It is only in the last decade or so that scholars have begun to reassess their roles and achievements. The aim of this book is to advance that reassessment.
Collaboration, Conflict, and Continuity in the Reformation. Essays in Honour of James M. Estes on His Eightieth Birthday
For several decades James M. Estes has been pointing to the complexity of the problems facing sixteenth-century reformers and the practical solutions they were able to reach. The career of Johannes Brenz, the careful analytical thinking of Philip Melanchthon, and the incessant correspondence of Desiderius Erasmus, all serve as guideposts for Estes’ career as a scholar, but also for this collection of articles in his honour.
Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe: Contexts, Concepts, and Expressions
Creating Women: Representation, Self-Representation, and Agency in the Renaissance
Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey
The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe
Treating the devil not as a reified theological entity but as a dynamic concept that was made and remade over the centuries according to cultural priorities and the exigencies of circumstance, the articles in this collection probe how the devil and demonism operated as explanatory categories that helped create and rationalise experience, thereby shaping the way people lived their lives and understood their place and role in premodern Europe.
Marriage in Premodern Europe: Italy and Beyond
The articles in this volume provide an overview of the issues and complexities that informed marriage in the premodern West. They provide a series of interdisciplinary and multicultural analyses of an institution that was fundamental across societies and cultures, but manifested in diverse practices and beliefs.
New Studies on Old Masters: Essays in Renaissance Art in Honour of Colin Eisler
Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe; Essays in Honour of Barbara Todd
This collection of essays shows the remarkable strides the study of gender has made in the decades since Barbara Todd helped reshape the field through her publications and teaching. In Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, gender conventions are examined in regard to men as well as women.
Disreputable Bodies: Magic, Medicine, and Gender in Renaissance Natural Philosophy
Through a close reading of rarely studied materials, Sergius Kodera examines the contested position of the body in Renaissance philosophy, showing how abstract metaphysical ideas evolved in tandem with the creation of new metaphors that shaped the understanding of early modern political, cultural, and scientific practices.
The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain
Faith and Fantasy in the Renaissance: Texts, Images, and Religious Practices
A fundamental aspect of culture in all ages, religion was a particularly crucial issue in the Renaissance. Religion and imagination, or “faith and fantasy”, represent the theme of this volume. These essays explore the intersection between religion and the creative forces of the individuals who wrote about sacred matters, practised their religion, or fashioned religious themes in their artwork.
Power, Gender, and Ritual in Europe and the Americas: Essays in Memory of Richard C. Trexler
Richard C. Trexler (1932-2007) was one of our era’s most original historians. The seventeen articles in this collection are inspired by Trexler’s cholarly achievements and pay tribute to a scholar who never tired of pursuing new questions, overturning received assumptions, and sharing his enthusiasm for research with his colleagues and students.
Reformation Sources: The Letters of Wolfgang Capito and His Fellow Reformers in Alsace and Switzerland
The collection includes interpretive essays, text editions of two of Wolfgang Capito’s works and documents of a lawsuit that affected his establishment in the city, as well as studies of the problems of producing modern editions of Capito himself and his contemporaries Erasmus, Bucer, Bullinger, and Beza.
Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi (2nd ed.)
Fantasies of Troy: Classical Tales and the Social Imaginary in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
The fifteen essays in this volume offer compelling new treatments of these now-evaporated fantasies of Troy, which were central to the European social imaginary. The essays consider texts and performances of Troy across a wide generic range-from learned court poetry to burlesque, from treatises on linguistic history to public spectacles.
A Renaissance of Conflicts: Visions and Revisions of Law and Society in Italy and Spain
The Renaissance in the Nineteenth Century = Le XIXe siècle renaissant
The Premodern Teenager: Youth in Society 1150-1650
Few scholars have focused on post-pubescent youth in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The seventeen essays in this volume seek to redress this imbalance by offering a sampling of the research currently underway in this field and of the various questions and methodologies that could be useful in the study of teenagers in the 13th-17th centuries.