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Charity and Children in Renaissance Florence: The Ospedale Degli Innocenti, 1410-1536

Gavitt, Philip

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ISBN 10: 0472101838 / ISBN 13: 9780472101832
Published by Univ of Michigan Pr, Ann Arbor, 1990
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Charity and Children in Renaissance Florence...

Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr, Ann Arbor

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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A study in the ideology of wealth and poverty


." . . [Gavitt's] study is without doubt an important contribution to our knowledge of the Italian Renaissance, in particular the way in which communities such as Florence were successful in bringing disadvantaged groups, such as abandoned children, back from the margins to the mainstream of society."
--Fifteenth-Century Studies
-- (04/01/1999)

." . . Gavitt's book presents a sustained attempt to rebut the depiction of Florentine children as victims of brutality and the Innocenti as a charnel house where parents knowingly abandoned their unwanted children to certain death. . . . [A] gracefully written an informative book that avoids a naive and sentimental treatment of its subject."
--Julius Kirshner, Italica
-- (04/01/1999)

"This study is especially welcome because it shifts the discussion of charitable institutions away from narrow questions of poverty and its alleviation (questions that are difficult to answer given our knowledge of population and the cost of living) toward questions about the broader cultural significance of charity and charity's recipients."
--Journal of Modern History
--Journal of Modern History (04/01/1999)

"[an] important study of Florence's great foundling hospital, the Ospedale degli Innocenti, during its first century of existence . . . . [Gavitt] makes his readers think carefully about the broader cultural (and political) significance of kinship and household in ways which more narrowly defined family history have not."
--Journal of Modern History
-- (04/01/1999)

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