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Ritual Brotherhood in Renaissance Florence - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127444802, 9781483289359

Ritual Brotherhood in Renaissance Florence

1st Edition

Editor: E. A. Hammel
eBook ISBN: 9781483289359
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th December 1981
Page Count: 254
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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.

Table of Contents


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

Symbolic Fraternity

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

Author Index

Subject Index


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28th December 1981
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