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Marriage Wars in Late Renaissance Venice (Studies in the History of Sexuality) Paperback – September 27, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0195144963 ISBN-10: 0195144961

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195144961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195144963
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this exploration of marital litigation, Ferraro breaches walls. She takes us not just into Venetian's homes but also right into their marital beds."--Times Literary Supplement

"Its message is that these women exhibited energy and resourcefulness in seeking their rights and liberty were often successful in predicaments that, despite the different issues of long ago (strict sexual regulation, intense religiosity), often appear surprisingly modern. [Ferraro] executes this mission with admirable lucidity and treats the reader along the way to some thirty narratives of private life that are precious in their detail and vigor."--American Historical Review

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Joanne M. Ferraro is at San Diego State University.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alice G. Marquis on October 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
No, women were far from powerless in Venice during the late Renaissance, and this book tells you how. This author had a field day in Venetian church archives. She was the first one to read transcripts of real cases in what then was the only "divorce" court. Graphic details make this an enjoyable -- and convincing -- read.
But Ferraro is also a first-rate historian, and presents strong evidence that women of high and low classes did use this church court to get either an annulment (which allowed them to re-marry) or "separate bed and board" which at least allowed them to get away from an abusive spouse.
This book is a pioneering study and should appeal not only to historians, but to sociologists, psychologists, and to any literate person interested in peering into a previously hidden corner of the past.
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