A Mattress Maker's Daughter: The Renaissance Romance of Don by Brendan Dooley

By Brendan Dooley

A bed Maker's Daughter richly illuminates the narrative of 2 humans whose mutual affection formed their very own lives and in many ways their instances. based on the Renaissance legend instructed and retold around the centuries, a girl of questionable recognition bamboozles a middle-aged warrior-prince into marrying her, and the relatives takes revenge. he's Don Giovanni de' Medici, son of the Florentine grand duke; she is Livia Vernazza, daughter of a Genoese artisan. They reside in luxurious for some time, faraway from Florence, and feature a toddler. Then, Giovanni dies, the kin pounces upon the inheritance, and Livia is compelled to come back from riches to rags. files, together with long-lost love letters, exhibit one other tale at the back of the legend, suppressed through the family members and forgotten. Brendan Dooley investigates this mostly untold tale one of the numerous settings the place episodes happened, together with Florence, Genoa, and Venice.

In the process explaining their inconceivable liaison and its results, A bed Maker's Daughter explores early glossy feelings, fabric tradition, heredity, absolutism, and spiritual tensions on the crux of 1 of the nice ameliorations in eu tradition, society, and statecraft. Giovanni and Livia exemplify altering techniques of affection and romance, new criteria of private and non-private behavior, and rising attitudes towards estate and legitimacy simply because the age of Renaissance humanism gave option to the tradition of Counter-Reformation and early sleek Europe.

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He would sense the eerie quiet on the political front, his father’s legacy after the Medici takeover following the Italian wars. Republicans were almost extinct, and those famous discussions and debates about consensus-╉based government that he had read about in books from Machiavelli’s time were nothing but a reverberation. Even the Rucellai family became obedient courtiers, they whose gardens had once been a breeding ground for rebels. Other major families followed the same route rather than seeking advantages in civic unrest.

19 Mastering the mathematics necessary to make sense of a moving earth was far beyond most Florentines, and Copernicus was still just a funny name. But Aristotle-╉bashing was a regular pastime among scholars, and the Aristotelian cosmos was showing signs of stress: the reliance on logic over quantification, the annoying incompatibility with Christianity, the question-╉begging mechanics, the irksome definition of matter. 20 There had to be a better plan; and while ages-old intellectual icons were falling fast, Ptolemy, articulator of the geocentric world view, was the first to go.

Giovanni, as the go-╉between, had to maintain a spotless reputation. For the time being, he played along and kept his relatively austere private life to himself. 7). He stands between Ferdinando and Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, with Don Virginio Orsini and Don Antonio on the far right, while the bride, displaying only some of the thousand diamonds that bedecked her for the occasion, receives the ring from Ferdinando. His face is a placid mask: stern and frank despite the world-╉weariness and mounting cares.

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