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Saints, Women and Humanists in Renaissance Venice

1st Edition

By Patricia H. Labalme


270 pages

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This volume brings together the published academic essays of the Renaissance historian Patricia Hochschild Labalme (1927-2002). Appearing between 1955 and 1999, they deal with the intellectual, social and religious life of Venice in the 15th-16th centuries. An important focus is the exploration of the careers, milieu and writings of cultural and literary women of early modern Venice, a field to which the author made a particular contribution.


'Patricia Labalme was a polymath and adroit student of religious, cultural, and intellectual life in Renaissance Venice whose works continue to provide in equal measure insights and inspiration…' Renaissance Quarterly 'Labalme’s impressive familiarity with archival sources and her persistence in following wherever documentary evidence led her make her writing informative about social practice, humanistic values, and governmental process in Venice on such varied subjects as marriage customs, sodomy laws, and women’s education… This volume provides, moreover, lasting testimony to Patricia Labalme’s scholarly sensitivity and accomplishment.' Early Modern Women Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Bibliography of Patricia Hochschild Labalme, 1955-2008; Identification and translation of a letter of Guarino Guarini of Verona; The last will of a Venetian patrician (1489); Nobile e donna: Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia; Women's roles in early modern Venice: an exceptional case; Venetian women on women: three early modern feminists; Personality and politics in Venice: Pietro Aretino; Sodomy and Venetian justice in the Renaissance; No man but an angel: early efforts to canonize Lorenzo Giustiniani (1381-1456); Religious devotion and civic division in Renaissance Venice: the case of Lorenzo Giustiniani; Holy patronage, holy promotion: the cult of saints in 15th-century Venice; Secular and sacred heroes: Ermolao Barbaro on worldly honor; How to (and how not to) get married in 16th-century Venice (selections from the diaries of Marin Sanudo). Index.

About the Author

Patricia H. Labalme (1927-2002), edited by Benjamin G. Kohl, Emeritus Professor of History, Vassar College, USA

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

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HISTORY / General