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The Talents of Jacopo da VaragineA Genoese Mind in Medieval Europe$
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Steven A. Epstein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700507

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700507.001.0001

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Genoa’s Own Historian

Genoa’s Own Historian

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(p.211) Chapter 5 Genoa’s Own Historian
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The Talents of Jacopo da Varagine
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Steven A. Epstein

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700507.003.0006

This chapter looks at the section of Jacopo de Varagine's written account regarding family matters. Even though marriage, children, and servants and slaves are natural themes for an archbishop, to place them in a history as integral subjects was new. The chapter examines Jacopo's understanding of the dynamics of family life—whether it changed over time, or was portrayed by him in a timeless, prescriptive way. Jacopo divides his treatment of the family and the household into six subheadings: what kind of wife is the best; how to take care of her; marital love; living together peacefully; parents and children; and servants and slaves. Jacopo was embedded in a large Genoese family and had been listening to confessions and preaching on marriage for decades. He was an excellent, albeit biased, witness to family life in Genoa.

Keywords:   Jacopo de Varagine, family life, marriage, servants and slaves, household, marital love, parents and children, Genoa

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