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Medici Women : The Making of a Dynasty in Grand Ducal Tuscany

Giovanna Benadusi, Judith C. Brown (éd.)

Giovanna Benadusi, Judith C. Brown (éd ;), Medici Women : The Making of a Dynasty in Grand Ducal Tuscany, Toronto, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2015, 380 pp / Paperback / March 2015 / ISBN 978-0-7727-2180-8 / $45.95

The Medici grand ducal family and the court it created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have long fascinated historians and the general public. Until recently, however, the women who married into the family or were born into it were relegated to the margins of history. Though long acknowledged as wives and mothers who contributed to the propagation of the Medici line, their function in the creation of the court, in shaping its culture, in contributing to the transformation of the state from a city-state republic to a principality, and in establishing the Medici’s place in the European network of dynastic rulers tended to be either ignored or maligned. It is only in the last decade or so that scholars have begun to reassess their roles and achievements. The aim of this book is to advance that reassessment.

Contents
Judith C. Brown, “Introduction”
1. Natalie Tomas, “Eleanora di Toledo, Regency, and State Formation in Tuscany”
2. Elisabetta Mori, “Isabella de’Medici : Unravelling the Legend”
3. Sarah Bercusson, “Joanna of Austria and the Negotiation of Power and Identity at the Florentine Court”
4. Sheila Barker, “Christine of Lorraine and Medicine at the Medici Court”
5. Maria Pia Paoli, “Foreign Mothers and the International Education of Medici Children : Christine of Lorraine and Maria Maddalena of Austria at the Medici Court”
6. Adelina Modesti, “Margherita de’ Medici Farnese : A Medici Princess at the Farnese Court”
7. Giovanna Benadusi, “The Gender Politics of Vittoria della Rovere”
8. Giulia Calvi, “Connected Courts : Violante Beatrice of Bavaria in Florence and Siena”
9. Stefano Casiu, “Anna Maria Luisa, Electress Palatine : Last Art Patron and Collector of the Medici Dynasty”
10. Marcello Verga, “Between Dynastic Strategies and Civic Myth : Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici and Florence as the New Athens”

The Editors
Giovanna Benadusi is Professor of History at the University of South Florida. Her research brings together the study of women, gender, class, and the law in grand ducal Tuscany from the sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. She is currently completing a book on “The Law and the People : Legal Culture and Local Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century Tuscany.”
Judith C. Brown is Professor Emeritus of History and a former Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Wesleyan University. She has written extensively on gender and the economy in Renaissance Italy and is best known for her In the Shadow of Florence : Provincial Society in Renaissance Pescia (1982) and Immodest Acts : The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy (1986).