1981 NEH Seminar

Matrimony and Patrimony in Early Modern Europe
Tuesday, January 20, 1981Thursday, May 21, 1981
Directed by Julius Kirshner, University of Chicago.
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
NEH Programs - Renaissance

This interdisciplinary seminar concentrated on examining the interdependent relationship between matrimonial and patrimonial strategies in Mediterranean Europe, particularly Italy, between 1300 and 1700. Classwork was organized in two parts: during the winter quarter the participants discussed research emanating from the disciplines of anthropology, law, economics, and history. During the spring quarter, the seminar members presented the fruits of their independent investigations, all of which entailed detailed explorations of some of the many questions that grew out of the subject matter of the course and utilized primary source materials. Dowries, widowhood, marriage, and the inheritance of property were some of the many themes of the participants’ papers.

A series of adjunct lectures and tutorials supplemented the seminar:

January 27: Discussion of David Herlihy and Christiane Klapisch-Zuber’s Les Toscans et leurs familles.
David Herlihy, Harvard University

February 17: Honor and Marriage in Fifteenth-Century Florentine Art

Michael Taylor, University of Missouri-Saint Louis

February 28 through March 15: Gino Corti of Florence, Italy, offered workshops and individual tutorials on the archives of Florence.

May 7: The Florentine Catasto

Anthony Molho, Brown University (now professor emeritus, New York University)

May 5 to 8: Professor Molho was in residence at the Newberry for individual tutorials.

May 21: An Affair of Love, Marriage, and Conflict in Fifteenth-Century Florence

Gene Brucker, University of California, Berkeley (now emeritus)

Learn more about Center for Renaissance Studies programs.