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Villa I Tatti Series 34

Food, Social Politics and the Order of Nature in Renaissance Italy

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$31.00 • £26.95 • €28.95

ISBN 9780674244085

Publication Date: 02/04/2020


328 pages

6 x 8-1/4 inches

36 color illus., 5 illus.

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  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword [Christiane Klapisch-Zuber]
  • Introduction
  • I. The Renaissance Table in Theory and Practice
    • 1. Meals and Mealtimes in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
    • 2. From the Cookbook to the Table: The Mensa della Signoria and Italian Recipes of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
    • 3. Conviviality in a Renaissance Court: The Ordini et Officij of the Court of Urbino
    • 4. Food at the Ospedale degli Innocenti: Medical Theory and Social Groups in Mid‐Quattrocento Florence
  • II. Social Distinctions, Dietary Theory and Classificatory Systems
    • 5. Food and Social Classes in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
    • 6. Medieval and Renaissance Wines: Taste, Dietary Theory and How to Choose the “Right” Wine (Fourteenth–Sixteenth centuries)
    • 7. Fiordiano Malatesta da Rimini and the Ichthyological Treatises of the Mid-Sixteenth Century
    • 8. Botanical Knowledge or Poetic Understanding? Fruit in Italian Quattrocento Poetry
    • 9. The Social Order of Nature and the Natural Order of Society in Late Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth‐Century Italy
    • 10. The Social Politics of Pre‐Linnean Botanical Classification
  • III. Food in Literary and Visual Discourse
    • 11. What’s in a Detail: More Chickens in Renaissance Birth Scenes
    • 12. Food and Good Manners in Florentine Last Suppers
    • 13. The Eaten Heart: Social Order, Sexuality and the Wilderness
    • 14. Vegetable Diets, Hermits and Melancholy in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • Afterword
  • Plates
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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