How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians

How to Do It Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians How to Do It shows us sixteenth century Italy from an entirely new perspective through manuals which were staples in the households of middlebrow Italians merely trying to lead better lives Addressing

  • Title: How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians
  • Author: Rudolph M. Bell
  • ISBN: 9780226042008
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • How to Do It shows us sixteenth century Italy from an entirely new perspective through manuals which were staples in the households of middlebrow Italians merely trying to lead better lives Addressing challenges such as how to conceive a boy, the manuals offered suggestions such as tying a tourniquet around your husband s left testicle Or should you want to goad femaleHow to Do It shows us sixteenth century Italy from an entirely new perspective through manuals which were staples in the households of middlebrow Italians merely trying to lead better lives Addressing challenges such as how to conceive a boy, the manuals offered suggestions such as tying a tourniquet around your husband s left testicle Or should you want to goad female desires, throw 90 grubs in a liter of olive oil, let steep in the sun for a week and apply liberally on the male anatomy Bell s journey through booklets long dismissed by scholars as being of little literary value gives us a refreshing and surprisingly fun social history Lively and curious reading, particularly in its cascade of anecdote, offered in a breezy, cozy, journalistic style Lauro Martines, Times Literary Supplement Bell s fascinating book is a window on a lost world far nearer to our own than we might imagine How pleasant to read his delightful, informative and often hilarious book Kate Saunders, The Independent An extraordinary work which blends the learned with the frankly bizarre The Economist Professor Bell has a sly sense of humor and an enviably strong stomach He wants to know how people actually behaved, not how the Church or philosophers or earnest humanists thought they should behave I loved this book Christopher Stace, Daily Telegraph

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    1. Free ebook available at The University of Chicago Press BooksSubjects: Life skills -- Italy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. Family -- Italy -- History -- 16th century. Life skills -- Italy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. -- Life skills -- Italy -- Early works to 1800. Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800. Life skills -- Italy -- Early works to 1800. Marriage -- Italy -- History -- 16th century. Families -- Italy -- History -- 16th century.File size: 15.96 MbOpening: Our parents may well have consulted [...]

    2. It would be a little misleading to label this an exhaustive overview of 16th century Italian guidebooks for households, including such topics as sex, birth, raising children, choosing spouses, keeping house, etc because the author acknowledges he didn't mention every last such book or pamphlet. But it feels exhaustive. He mentioned most of them. And plagiarism was so common among the publishers that every possible take on a topic got covered, whether original or cribbed. As you would expect, the [...]

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