Unlike modern households, those of late medieval and early modern European societies included many individuals not related by blood or marriage. Prominent among these were domestic servants, members of the lower classes whose duties ranged from managing of the household to raising the children. Within the confines of the household, the powerful and powerless came together in complex and significant ways. In this volume, the author examines the realities and significance of domestic service in what was arguably the most important city in 15th- and 16th-century Europe - Venice. Drawing on a variety of materials, including humanist treatises on household management, books of costumes, civic statutes, census data, contracts, wills and court records, Romano paints a vivid picture of the conditions of domestic labour, the difficult lives of servants, the worries and concerns of masters and the ambivalent ways in which masters and servants interacted. He also shows how servants - especially gondoliers - came to be seen more and more as symbols of their masters' status. This study offers a perspectice on Venice and Venetian society as the city evolved from a merchant-dominated regime in the 15th century into an aristocratic oligarchy in the 16th. It traces the growth, within the elite, of a new sense of hierarchy and honour. At the same time, it illuminates the strategies that servants developed to resist the ever more powerful elite and, in doing so, demonstrates the centrality of domestic servants in the struggles between rich and poor in early modern Europe.
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"The result of careful archival study and an integrative approach to documents of diverse sorts... Romano differentiates wages, work, and opportunities with attention to gender, servant origins, and age. He even relates incidences in which masters were punished by the censori for crimes that servants had the temerity to report to authorities. It is the complexity of the model that recommends this book to historians as well as to a wide readership of interested persons." -- Journal of Interdisciplinary HistoryBook Description:
Romano examines the realities and significance of domestic service in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Venice.
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Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VG+. Condizione sovraccoperta: VG+. First Edition; First Printing. Mylar dust jacket in very good+ condition: very minor bubbling on front panel. Book in very good+ condition: red cloth covered boards with light edgewear on the corners, clean text, no markings, tight binding. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" ; 333 pages. Codice libro della libreria 67204
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Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Hardcover in very good condition, with slightly bumped spine head; minor edgewear on jacket. Text is clear on sound, clean pages. TS. Used. Codice libro della libreria 446232
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good+. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good+. Name on inside front cover, otherwise text clean and solid; 9.30 X 6 X 1.20 inches; 360 pages. Codice libro della libreria 173208
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Descrizione libro The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1996. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: F. Condizione sovraccoperta: F. First Edition. F/F. 8vo. original orange cloth gilt in dustwrapper (slight crease to upper flap); pp. xxvi, 334, with illustrations. A fine copy. Codice libro della libreria 012762