The book deals with both a reconstruction of Tuscan family books' evolution and persistency, and several aspects of social history: reading and private libraries, domestic devotion, the memory of historical events. Starting with the Renaissance, the investigation broadens to the 17th-18th centuries and other forms of memory: private diaries and autobiographies. A final section is dedicated to the issue of memory in the egodocuments of early modern Europe.
Editorial note; List of abbreviations; Preface; Introduction: Memory, family, identity in early modern Italy and Europe; 1. Family books in Florence: evolution and involution of a genre; 2. Books and readings in Florence in the 15th century. "Ricordanze" and the reconstruction of private libraries; 3. Memory of historical events in Florentine "ricordanze" (14th-15th century); 4. Domestic devotion in Florentine "ricordanze" (13th-16th century); 5. The family books of the Castellani; 6. The "ricordi" of the Medici; 7. Collective memory and cultural memory. The family between ancient and early modern; 8. Family memory in the early modern age. The case of Tuscany; 9. The evolution of family memory models: Tuscan family books (16th-18th century); 10. Family memory in Florence in the time of Giuseppe Pelli Bencivenni; 11. Collective and individual identity in Florence (16th-18th century). The family book of Gianni; 12. Family memory and individual memory. Florentine private diaries and family books of the early modern period; 13. The edition of Tuscan sources for family history in the Middle Ages and the early modern period; 14. Is there a main road in the study of autobiography? 15. Memory and egodocuments in early modern Europe; Index
Series: Egodocuments and History Series
Number Of Pages: 309
Published: 11th April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 2.4 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.63