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History (various) A Lady's Man

  • By Roberto Bizzocchi
  • Price: £60.00
  • ISBN: 9781137450920
  • Availability: Out of stock - expected on 08/06/2020 if you order today
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Three people in a marriage: a woman and two men. This was the eighteenth-century Italian aristocratic model of marriage, characterised by the presence of the cicisbeo, the official escort of another man's wife. Did this delineate a clear and brazen sexual depravity or rather a complex and refined social institution, revealing many aspects of Italian civilization in the Age of the Enlightenment? Not only was the presence of a cicisbeo part of a matrimonial, family model; it was also an important factor socially and politically.

In a period in which the presence of women at parties was sought - at the theatre and in salons - the lady's escort played an essential part in promoting a couple's social life. Indeed, the company and friendship (and perhaps love) which bound a lady and her escort occurred with the knowledge and under the control of the families of the interested parties. Of course, this 'triangular' arrangement was not unproblematic.

The existence of a third party posed a threat to conjugal fidelity and the legitimacy of offspring and, towards the early nineteenth century, when the ideals of Romanticism and the French Revolution were popular there was a rapid decline in the practice. For as Italy reconstructed its national identity alongside other modern European countries the image of private immorality associated with cicisbeism constituted an intolerable blemish.

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Series History (various) Title A Lady's Man
Subject Italian Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date November 2014 Authors Roberto Bizzocchi
Binding Hardback Pages 294
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 614
ESB Code 51049 ISBN 9781137450920
Inspection Copy No Delivery Out of stock - expected on 08/06/2020 if you order today
  Price £60.00

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