This volume brings together the published academic essays of the Renaissance historian Patricia Hochschild Labalme (1927-2002). Appearing between 1955 and 1999, they deal with the intellectual, social and religious life of Venice in the 15th-16th centuries. An important focus is the exploration of the careers, milieu and writings of cultural and literary women of early modern Venice, a field to which the author made a particular contribution.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Bibliography of Patricia Hochschild Labalme, 1955-2008; Identification and translation of a letter of Guarino Guarini of Verona; The last will of a Venetian patrician (1489); Nobile e donna: Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia; Women's roles in early modern Venice: an exceptional case; Venetian women on women: three early modern feminists; Personality and politics in Venice: Pietro Aretino; Sodomy and Venetian justice in the Renaissance; No man but an angel: early efforts to canonize Lorenzo Giustiniani (1381-1456); Religious devotion and civic division in Renaissance Venice: the case of Lorenzo Giustiniani; Holy patronage, holy promotion: the cult of saints in 15th-century Venice; Secular and sacred heroes: Ermolao Barbaro on worldly honor; How to (and how not to) get married in 16th-century Venice (selections from the diaries of Marin Sanudo). Index.
'Patricia Labalme was a polymath and adroit student of religious, cultural, and intellectual life in Renaissance Venice whose works continue to provide in equal measure insights and inspiration...' Renaissance Quarterly 'Labalme’s impressive familiarity with archival sources and her persistence in following wherever documentary evidence led her make her writing informative about social practice, humanistic values, and governmental process in Venice on such varied subjects as marriage customs, sodomy laws, and women’s education... This volume provides, moreover, lasting testimony to Patricia Labalme’s scholarly sensitivity and accomplishment.' Early Modern Women Journal