Title: Entrate nel fuoco: Popular Politics in Early Renaissance Florence
Funded by: White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities
Start Year: 2019
The Florentine diarist Luca Landucci remarked in 1491, regarding the influence of Girolamo Savonarola, that ‘even the quiet people without political or party passions’ would have gladly ‘entered the fire’ had he ordered it. My current research aims to uncover the extent of popular political participation during a fractious period in the Florentine Republic, demonstrating that such participation informed notions of identity, association and opened-up novel revenues of popular agency for contemporaries. By applying Michael Braddick’s ‘Grids of Power’ theory, I hope to continue calls to re-evaluate our traditional conception of early-modern social systems while also investigating the effects of political and social upheaval, including the effects of immigration, on early-modern lives.
This thesis draws upon my previous research on early-modern Italian social history, including an MA dissertation on the Datini family’s ‘household economy’, which sought to bring to light the oft-overlooked members of a contemporary merchant’s social and business network and highlighted the fundamental role that wives, friends, servants and slaves fulfilled in ensuring the household and business’s success.
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