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Ritual Brotherhood in Renaissance Florence investigates the meaning of fraternity in terms of the ritual relations created in religious brotherhoods or confraternities during that period. The book focuses on the sociability of the confraternity as revealed in the patterns of membership and in forms of ceremony. Florence's confraternities serve as a vehicle for examining the relationship between ritual behavior and social organization. The text discusses the ways in which Florentines use forms of ritual to define, protect, and alter their relations with one another. The book reviews the social relations in Renaissance Florence through the structure of social relations, the politics of amity or enmity, and social relations in relation to economic exchange. Social organization and ritual actions include confraternal organization, membership, symbolic fraternity, and the rites of community. The book explores the company of San Paolo in the fifteenth century where the confraternity offers an introduction to the nature of citywide community, its republican institutions, and its civic values. The book also examines traditional confraternities in crisis, the nature of the disruptions that leads to the emergence of new confraternal organizations and values. In the sixteenth-century, confraternities reveal major departures in ideology, ritual, and social organization. They have also introduced the principles of hierarchy into confraternal membership, as well as a new ethic of obedience. The book will prove delightful reading for sociologists, historians studying Florentine society, and researchers interested in the history of religious brotherhood and confraternities.
List of Abbreviations
Chapter One Judas the Florentine
Social Relations in Renaissance Florence
The Structure of Social Relations
The Meaning of Social Relations: The Politics of Amity and Enmity
Social Relations and Economic Exchange
Chapter Two From Traitor to Brother
Social Organization and Ritual Action in Florentine Con Fraternities, 1250-1494
Mendicant Piety and the Laudesi and Disciplinati Confraternities
The Ritual Republic: Confraternal Organization and Membership
The Rites of Community
Chapter Three Participation and Membership
The Company of San Paolo in the Fifteenth Century
Cycles of Growth
Length of Membership
Membership and the Life Cycle
Chapter Four Pilgrims in the Desert
Traditional Confraternities in Crisis
Confraternities and Politics in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
From Republic to Principate: The Crisis of Late Renaissance Confraternities
Chapter Five The Courtiers of God
Ritual Brotherhood in Grand-Ducal Florence
Organizational Reformation and Refoundation
Ritual Reform in Counter-Reformation Florence
Appendix Confraternal Manuscript Sources Cited in the Text
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- © Academic Press 1982
- 28th December 1981
- Academic Press
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