Parlour Games and the Public Life of Women in Renaissance Italy

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Confined by behavioural norms and professional restrictions, women in Renaissance Italy found a welcome escape in an alternative world of play. This book examines the role of games of wit in the social and cultural experience of patrician women from the early sixteenth to the early eighteenth century.

Beneath the frivolous exterior of such games as occasions for idle banter, flirtation, and seduction, there often lay a lively contest for power and agency, and the opportunity for conventional women to demonstrate their intellect, to achieve a public identity, and even to model new behaviour and institutions in the non-ludic world. By tapping into the records and cultural artifacts of these games, George McClure recovers a realm of female fame that has largely escaped the notice of modern historians, and in so doing, reveals a cohort of spirited, intellectual women outside of the courts.

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George McClure is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama.

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“Games and game-playing offer a rich window onto the early modern world that is ripe for exploration and analysis. In his examination of this topic, George McClure adds a new facet to our understanding of the intersection of gender, literature, and culture in early modern Italy. With particularly impressive archival research, his study is interesting and engaging.”
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