Accounting for Affection: Mothering and Politics in Early by C. Castiglione

By C. Castiglione

Accounting for Affection examines the multifaceted nature of early sleek motherhood via targeting the information and methods of Roman aristocratic moms in the course of familial clash. Illuminating new ways to the maternal and the familial hired through such ladies, it demonstrates how interventions won expanding desire in early smooth Rome.

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Within judicial documents, however were places where the testimony coached by lawyers broke down or where the differences between magistrates and litigants reached an impasse. 72 In the case of the Roman mater litigans, her fledgling literacy fueled both legal interventions and informal epistolary sources. Both are useful for reconstructing the maternal dialectic that allowed mothers to recognize and sometimes praise social rules, but neither to internalize them without question nor to practice them in every circumstance.

22 Anna Colonna’s apartments in the family palace were, therefore, designed with great care in light of her ceremonial activities. In her apartments, architecture and painting did much of the boasting about the rightfulness of Barberini rule. 3). The complex scriptural allegory announced the union of the two families in its details. 3 Andrea Sacchi, Allegory of Divine Wisdom, 1629–33. Courtesy of Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Antica in Palazzo Barberini. 27 With arms raised, the sea creatures hoisted Barberini suns into the celestial realm in which Divine Wisdom ruled.

Her insights pour forth for pages: her organization of Taddeo’s apartments and attention to his possessions and Barberini properties;45 the recurring trouble with Taddeo’s pages and other disrespectful servants;46 the emotional cost of his absence to her and her fervent desire for his safe return;47 minor thefts in the household; problems of her own health and excuses for delaying the medical remedy of purging;48 and reports on the decisions made in meetings of the Barberini family, the Congregazioni, as such family meetings were called.

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