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      Genevra Sforza and the Bentivoglio : Family, Politics, Gender and Reputation in (and beyond) Renaissance Bologna

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          Genevra Sforza (ca. 1441-1507) lived her long life near the apex of Italian Renaissance society as wife of two successive de facto rulers of Bologna: Sante Bentivoglio then Giovanni II Bentivoglio. Placed there twice without a dowry by Duke Francesco Sforza as part of a larger Milanese plan, Genevra served the Bentivoglio by fulfilling the gendered role demanded of her by society, most notably by contributing eighteen children, accepting many illegitimates born to Giovanni II, and helping arrange their futures for the success of the family at large. Based on contemporary archival research conducted across Italy, this biography presents Genevra as the object of academic study for the first time. The book also explores how Genevra’s life-story, filled with a multitude of successes appropriate for an elite fifteenth-century female, has been transformed into a farraginous body of misogynistic legends claiming she destroyed the Bentivoglio and the city of Bologna.

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          9789048552870
          9789463726849
          27 February 2023
          27 February 2023
          10.5117/9789463726849
          f4f1752f-67a0-477d-bebf-58aadf4c6bcf
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          c 1500 onwards to present day,HISTORY / Europe / Italy,HISTORY / Renaissance,HISTORY / Women *,Historical and cultural areas: Northern Italy,Gender studies: women and girls,European history: Renaissance,Social and cultural history,Amsterdam University Press,History, Art History, and Archaeology,Early Modern Studies,Gender and Sexuality Studies,AUP Wetenschappelijk,Modern period, c 1500 onwards,Italy,European history,Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

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