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An Italian Renaissance Sextet

Six Tales in Historical Context

by (author) Lauro Martines

translated by Murtha Baca

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Aug 2004
Category
Renaissance, Italy
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780802086501
    Publish Date
    Aug 2004
    List Price
    $39.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442670815
    Publish Date
    Aug 2004
    List Price
    $80.00

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An Italian Renaissance Sextet is a collection of six tales offering a unique view of the history of Renaissance Italy, with fiction and fictional modes becoming gateways to a real, historical world. All written between 1400 and 1500 - among them a rare gem by Lorenzo the Magnificent and a famous account featuring Filippo Brunelleschi - the stories are presented here in lively translations.

As engrossing, fresh, and high-spirited as those in Boccaccio's Decameron, the tales deal with marriage, deception, rural manners, gender relations, social ambitions, adultery, homosexuality, and the demands of individual identity. Each is accompanied by an essay, in which Lauro Martines situates the story in its temporal context, transforming it into an outright historical document. The stories and essays focus mainly on people from the ordinary and middling ranks of society, as they go about their ordinary lives, under the pressure of a highly practical, conformist, pleasure-loving (but often cruel) urban society. Revealing the concerns of a searching historical work with a combined anthropological, demographic, and cultural slant, An Italian Renaissance Sextet shines a probing light on Italian Renaissance culture.

About the authors

Lauro Martines is a professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Murtha Baca’s translations include several manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci, An Italian Renaissance Sextet: Six Tales in Historical Context (edited by Lauro Martines) and Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

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Other titles by Lauro Martines

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