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Family And Public Life In Brescia, 1580 1650: The Foundations Of Power In The Venetian State Joanne M. Ferraro

Family And Public Life In Brescia, 1580 1650: The Foundations Of Power In The Venetian State

Joanne M. Ferraro

Published March 26th 1993
ISBN : 9780521419536
Hardcover
276 pages
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This book focuses on the behavior of the ruling families of Brescia, a rich and strategically vital city under Venetian rule, during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. The first part of the book conceptualizes the civic leadership ofMoreThis book focuses on the behavior of the ruling families of Brescia, a rich and strategically vital city under Venetian rule, during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. The first part of the book conceptualizes the civic leadership of Brescia, with a profile of its origins and a brief history of the process of aristocratization. Further, it examines the relationship between family structure and the local socio-political structures. Size, wealth, education, and marriage ties were all pivotal factors which helped determine the familys position in public life. Its strength rested ultimately on its continuity over time. Women and womens property are given careful attention. The second part places the Brescian elite within the Venetian state. Besides controlling urban political institutions, the Brescians held strong economic links with the surrounding countryside, the basis of their power, and they enjoyed ample authority in the rural communities subject to the city.