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Marriage, Manners and Mobility in Early Modern Venice

Marriage, Manners and Mobility in Early Modern Venice by Alexander Cowan
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Throughout history, marriage has been used as a method of creating and strengthening bonds between elites and the societies over which they ruled. Nowhere is this more apparent than in early modern Venice, where members of the patriciate looked to marital alliances with outsider brides to help maintain their position and social distinction in a fluid society. This book explores the parameters of upward social mobility, contemporary evaluations of social status and moral behaviour, and the place of marriage and concubinage within patrician society. Drawing heavily on the records of the Avogaria di Comun, which had the task of examining the social backgrounds and moral reputations of women from outside the patriciate who wished to marry patricians, this study provides a fascinating reconstruction of Venetian society as it was seen by individuals at every level.
Taylor and Francis; May 2016
228 pages; ISBN 9781317100263
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Title: Marriage, Manners and Mobility in Early Modern Venice
Author: Alexander Cowan
 
ISBNs
9780754657286
9781317100263
9781317100270