Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence

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Length: 4-5 pages (double-spaced in Times New Roman or any regular font)

Part 1: This is a story, as the title indicates, of ‘love and marriage’ during the Renaissance and

these are important concepts. However, there is much more than can be learned about this society

through this story. In your reading and analysis, what does this story reveal about the legal

process in Florence during this period? What do you make of the verdict? Perhaps more

importantly, what can we learn about the status of women in this society. What are their rights?

What is the role and how important are social orders in this story?

Part 2: Based on your expectations, what was most surprising about the story. Lastly, if you were

to ‘re-title’ this story, what would it be?

Format and Citation – You should use the Chicago Manual of Style format. A condensed form of

this can be found in Kate L. Turabian’s

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and


. You may use outside sources to augment your discussion if you wish, but it is not


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School: Boston College

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Renaissance Florence


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In “Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence,” Gene Brucker
follows the life of two lovers living in the Florentine society in Italy in the 15th century. The two
lovers were from different social classes with Giovanni being from the upper class while
Lusanna was a married woman from the lowly working class. When Lusanna’s husband died,
Giovanni refused to declare his marriage to her in public as he had allegedly promised due to
these differences in their social status. Lusanna later learned that Giovanni intended to marry
another woman from a wealthy and powerful family leaving her desperate. She sought the
intervention of the court which declared her marriage to Giovanni valid. Her victory was shortlived, however, when Giovanni appealed to a higher elite court which ruled in his favor. In the
end, he married Marietta. Although the story is a typical love story exploring the theme of love
and marriage, a lot can be learned about the legal process in the Florentine society in the 15th
century and the status of women at the time.
Social classes were defined and prominent in Renaissance Florence. The story
demonstrates strict adherence to social order in different instances. First, the main reason why
the relationship between Giovanni and Lusanna prompts Brucker to write the book is its
contravention of the unspoken boundaries between the two classes. Early into the story, Brucker
confirms this assertion in his statement: “The case ...

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