Emotions, Passions, and Power in Renaissance Italy
Emotions, Passions, and Power in Renaissance Italy
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Introduction by Fabrizio Ricciardelli and Andrea Zorzi 1. Barbara H. Rosenwein - The Place of Renaissance Italy in the History of Emotions 2. Fabrizio Ricciardelli - The Emotional Language of Justice in Late Medieval Italy 3. Andrea Zorzi - The Anxiety of the Republics: 'Timor' in Italy of the Communes during the 1330s 4. Carol Lansing - Humiliation and the Exercise of Power in the Florentine Contado in the Mid-Fourteenth Century 5. Isabella Lazzarini - The Words of Emotion: Political Language and Discursive Resources in Lorenzo de Medici's Lettere (1468-1492) 6. Serena Ferente - Metaphor, Emotion, and the Languages of Politics in Late Medieval Italy: A Genoese Lamento of 1473 7. Daniel Smail - Debt, Humiliation, and Stress in Fourteenth-Century Lucca and Marseille 8. Samuel K. Cohn Jr. - Renaissance Emotions: Hate and Disease in European Perspective 9. Ori Z. Soltes - The Emotive Power of an Evolving Symbol: The Idea of the Dome from Kurgan Graves to the Florentine Tempio Israelitico 10. Andrea Gamberini - The Emotions of the State: A Survey of the Visconti Chancery Language (Mid 14th-mid-15th Centuries) 11. Gennaro Ferrante - Control of Emotions and Comforting Practices before the Scaffold in Medieval and Early Modern Italy (with Some Remarks on Lorenzetti's Fresco)

Fabrizio Ricciardelli, Andrea Zorzi (red.)

Emotions, Passions, and Power in Renaissance Italy

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Emotions depend on language, cultural practices, expectation and moral beliefs. Hate, fear, cruelty and love are always turning history into the history of passion and lust, because emotional life is always ready to overflow intellectual life. This fascinating study of emotion in Renaissance Italy shows that emotions are built and created by the society in which they are expressed and conditioned. The contributors examine, among others, the emotional language of the court, around public execution, religious practices and during outbreaks of disease.

Fabrizio Ricciardelli

Fabrizio Ricciardelli is Director and Professor of Renaissance European History at Kent State University, Florence campus. His research focuses on Italian city-states when they were strikingly unusual features of the social landscape of late medieval Europe, distinguished by the sophistication of their economic activities, the forms of government they adopted, their rich cultural life and their unusual social structure.