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Giovanni and Lusanna by Gene A. Brucker
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Oct 04, 2009

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bookshelves: history, 2007, comps-eme, 2009, history-early-modern, history-italy
Read in June, 2007

Liked this book far less on re-read. Too much emphasis on telling the story of Giovanni and Lusanna, and too little on exploring the vagaries of the Florentine judicial system. Assumes that some kind of objective historical truth can be found between the pages of these legal records, when in fact their creation was an act of fabrication in itself. Brucker was wrong, I think, to discount Kuehn's criticism that he [Brucker:] is reading his own prejudices and assumptions into sources that may contain less truth, and certainly more embroidering, than he initally accounted for. [October 5, 2009:]

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