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Housecraft and statecraft : domestic service in Renaissance Venice, 1400-1600

Author: Dennis Romano
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
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In Housecraft and Statecraft historian Dennis Romano examines the realities and significance of domestic service in what was arguably the most important city in fifteenth- and sixteenth-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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Romano, Dennis, 1951-
Housecraft and statecraft.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)654734604
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis Romano
ISBN: 0801852889 9780801852886
OCLC Number: 34024546
Description: xxvi, 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. I. Norms. One. Treatises on household management and service. Paolino the Minorite, Francesco Barbaro, and the Venetian tradition of treatises on household management ; Giovanni Caldiera and the apogee of the political metaphor ; Giocomo Lanteri and the social utility of servants ; Agostino Valier and :Christian" economy ; An encyclopedia, a book of fashion, an oration, and a treatise on death --
Two. The Venetian government and the regulation of domestic service. The capi di sestieri and the registration of servants ; The capi di sestieri and the Capitulary of 1503 ; The transfer of authority to the censori and the Capitulary of 1541 ; Later-sixteenth-century legislation concerning servants ; The censors as judges --
Pt. II. Three. Servants in the Venetian household. The ducal household ; The patrician household ; The cittadino household ; The artisan household ;Toward a quantitative analysis of servant keeping : census data Status animarum records --
four. Recruitment, contracts, and wages : the mechanics of labor. finding work ; Recruitment of servants ; Contracts ; The length of contracts ; Wages ; Payment schedules --
Five. The lives of servants. Childhood ; Marriage ; Work and associative life ; Old age ; Death and burial --
Pt. III. Six. The dynamics of master-servant relations. Loyalty and obedience ; Disloyalty and disobedience ; Punishment and submission --
Seven. The significance of service. Domestic service in Renaissance Venice ; Service, honor, and class relations in early modern Venice --
Appendix A. The capi di sestieri's Capitulary of 1503 --
Appendix B. The Censors' Capitulary of 1541.
Responsibility: Dennis Romano.
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