This topic is locked. Active discussion of this passage is here: Influenced by Western individualism, these historians define a peculiar form of personhood: In her study of the fifteenth-century Florentine widow Alessandra Strozzi, a historian who specializes in European women of the Renaissance attributes individual intention and authorship of actions to her subject.
Additional Information In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Reviews Anabaptism cross-referenced to developments in the Reformation in general and in politics and society, extensive endnotes and bibUography, and an index. The letters of the fifteenth century Florentine widow Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi to her extfed sons have been used extensively by historians—since the pubUcation of a scholarly edition in by Cesare Guasti—having been cited in a number of discussions on various aspects of fifteenth-century Florentine life including marriage, the position of w o m e nfamtfy structures, attitudes to death, political events and, of course, the Strozzi themselves.
These letters are, indeed, in Richard Goldthwaite's words: Unfortunately, only a small sample of the 73 extant letters have been avaflable in EngUsh translation up until now, preventing students from fuUy appreciating their richness and breadth of concerns.
N o wwith the publication of 35 in whole or part of Alessandra Strozzi's letters, they wiU become k n o w n to a far wider audience than has hitherto been possible. It is unfortunate that not aU 73 could have been translated in their entirety.
A Ust of the letters omitted, by date, and a brief summary of their contents would, therefore, have been useful. Heather Gregory is superbly w e U placed to have undertaken this task.
Her o w n work on the Strozzi family in the fifteenth century has made a substantial contribution to our understanding of their experience of exile and the reasons behind the successful rehabilitation of Alessandra's sons, FiUppo and Lorenzo.
The translations of Alessandra's often idiosyncratic and sometimes Reviews ungrammatical prose as Gregory notes on p. Gregory's extensive knowledge of f he Strozzi and of fifteenthcentury Florentine social history is evident in her introduction, selected bibUography and explanatory notes to this bilingual edition.
She begins by stressing the importance of Alessandra's letters as 'autobiographical materials. This biography is expertly recounted and documented, and aU the whUe Alessandra's life is placed within the context of contemporary events and social mores in Florence.
A discussion of the letter coUection itself follows with Gregory explaining her choice of letters to be included: Second, letters were chosen for inclusion because of the extent to which they iUustrate the range of attitudes, concerns and activities which were characteristic of their author' pp.
She then proceeds to discuss the range of themes evident in the letters, such as marriage, family relationships, including Alessandra's own attitudes towards her sons and daughters, money, death, her personal reUgious concerns and poUtics. Gregory states that in choosing the letters for this edition no letter omitted was chronologicaUy isolated p.
For example, twenty-five out of the thirty-seven not included come from the period April to February But Gregory's omission of m a n y letters from the poUticaUy turbulent period of to means that the extent of Alessandra's efforts to ensure her sons' return, as well as her astute understanding of Florentine poUtics, could be under-estimated.
Alessandra's poUtical skiUs and her level of involvement in efforts to rehabiUtate her sons would have been m u If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'.
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Read more about this book on the publisher's website. Taylor Webb 6/18/13 Document Analysis Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi Letter 5 Alessandra Strozzi wrote many letters to her children which can convey to us . The book University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 5: The Renaissance, Edited by Eric Cochrane and Julius Kirshner is published by University of Chicago Press.
Alessandra Strozzi wrote many letters to her children which can convey to us the importance of family in Florence during the Renaissance. Alessandra’s husband Matteo died, and so these letters are written from the perspective of a widow, not a married woman.
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