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Men’s Honour, Women’s Lives

Peter Burke, 6 March 1986

Trial by Impotence: Virility and Marriage in Pre-Revolutionary France 
by Pierre Darmon, translated by Paul Keegan.
Chatto, 234 pp., £10.95, March 1985, 9780701129149
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The Boundaries of Eros: Sex, Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice 
by Guido Ruggiero.
Oxford, 223 pp., £25, March 1985, 0 19 503465 1
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The Tuscans and their Families: A Study of the Florentine Catasto of 1427 
by David Herlihy and Christiane Klapisch-Zuber.
Yale, 404 pp., £32, March 1985, 0 300 03056 8
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Women, Family and Ritual in Renaissance Italy 
by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, translated by Lydia Cochrane.
Chicago, 338 pp., £25.50, September 1985, 0 226 43925 9
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French Women in the Age of Enlightenment 
edited by Samia Spencer.
Indiana, 429 pp., $35, November 1984, 0 253 32481 5
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... attitudes which well deserves translation. But Darmon is not in the Flandrin class. Nor is Guido Ruggiero, although his book on sex crimes in ‘Renaissance’ – or late Medieval – Venice is extremely welcome for its systematic attempt to squeeze information about changing attitudes to sexuality from the judicial records. ...

Mad for Love

Tobias Gregory: ‘Orlando Furioso’, 9 September 2010

‘Orlando Furioso’: A New Verse Translation 
by Ludovico Ariosto, translated by David Slavitt.
Harvard, 672 pp., £29.95, November 2009, 978 0 674 03535 5
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... towards epic dignity. Orlando Furioso ends, for example, with a fight to the death between Ruggiero, the poem’s dynastic hero, and the pagan champion Rodomonte, an episode closely modelled on the ending of the Aeneid. If you think of the poem as essentially comic you will have trouble making sense of this Virgilian ending. Orlando Furioso’s ...

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