Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy

Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy

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By Julius Kirshner
Toronto Studies in Medieval Law
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015
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448 Pages 1 Images
ISBN 9781442614215
Published Feb 2015
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Through his research on the status of women in Florence and other Italian cities, Julius Kirshner helped to establish the socio-legal history of women in late medieval and Renaissance Italy and challenge the idea that Florentine women had an inferior legal position and civic status.

In Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Kirshner collects nine important essays which address these issues in Florence and the cities of northern and central Italy. Using a cross-disciplinary approach that draws on the methodologies of both social and legal history, the essays in this collection present a wealth of examples of daughters, wives, and widows acting as full-fledged social and legal actors.

Revised and updated to reflect current scholarship, the essays in Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy appear alongside an extended introduction which situates them within the broader field of Renaissance legal history.

Julius Kirshner is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.


1. Making and Breaking Betrothal Contracts (Sponsalia) in Late Trecento Florence (Osvaldo Cavallar and Julius Kirshner)

2. Li Emergenti Bisogni Matrimoniali in Renaissance Florence

3. Materials for a Gilded Cage: Nondotal Assets in Florence, 1300–1500

4. The Morning After: Collecting Monte Dowries in Renaissance Florence

5. The Seven Percent Fund of Renaissance Florence (Julius Kirshner and Jacob Klerman)

6. Wives’ Claims against Insolvent Husbands in Late Medieval Italy

7. Women Married Elsewhere: Gender and Citizenship in Medieval Italy

8. Dowry, Domicile, and Citizenship in Late Medieval Florence

9. Pisa’s ‘Long-Arm’ Gabella Dotis (1420–1525): Issues, Cases, Legal Opinions

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Appendix 1. Ricordanze of Paolo d’Alessandro Sassetti

Appendix 2. Formulario of Iacopo di ser Francesco Toschanelli

Appendix 3. Two Consilia of Angelus de Ubaldis

Appendix 4. Confessio dotis of Chirico di Giovanni of Florence

Appendix 5. The Seven Percent Account of Lorenzo di Bonaccorso Pitti

Appendix 6. Selected Jurists and Theologians

“This collection brings some of Julius Kirshner’s most trenchant ideas about marriage, property, and the law together in one place.”

Roisin Cossar, Department of History, University of Manitoba

“Julius Kirshner virtually invented the field of Renaissance socio-legal history. The informed exegesis of thickly contextualized learned opinions (consilia) and related material that is the hallmark of Kirshner’s work nuances our understanding of society, politics, and economy in pre-modern Europe, especially in Italy, where the surviving evidence is superabundant.”

Lawrin Armstrong, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto