HIST 103 ESSAY 1

HIST 103 ESSAY 1 - PROMPT WHAT KIND OF INFO DID THE AUTHOR...

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PROMPT WHAT KIND OF INFO DID THE AUTHOR DEPEND ON TO WRITE THE BOOK? WHAT ARE THE DRAWBACKS AND POSITIVE POINTS TO THE USE OF THIS SOURCE? Intro: Thesis: Although Gene Brucker relies mostly on court documents as evidence, For the writing of Giovanni and Lusanna, author gene Brucker relies as heavily on his previous knowledge of mid-fifteenth century Florentine society to explain the “why” as he does on court-room documents to explain the “what” and “how” In order Gene Brucker not only depended on the court documents he so frequently used as evidence but also on knowledge about the social norms time period—obtained both through primary and secondary sources to support his beli The story of Giovani and Lusanna is centered around a mid fifteenth-century court case in which the legitimacy of the two lovers’ marriage is to be decided. Therefor, it is only fitting that the witnesses’ testimonies, lawyers’ motions, and judge’s rulings are often referred to, to justify the story line. Even though Gene Brucker relies heavily on the use of court room documents as evidence if it weren’t for his understanding of the social norms of the time—which could not be obtained solely through court document—he would not be able to reconstruct the tale of love and lust that is Giovanni and Lussana . One of the benefits of relying so heavily on notaries of testimonies is that it allows Brucker to accurately portray people from various social and socioeconomic classes. It allows him to One drawback, however, is the fact that because the people being interviewed for a court of law many of their answers are slanted based on the question that was asked to them. A good example of this is…. Additionally since this is a case of such importance to Giovanni it is likely that he bribed many witnesses, such as This understanding of the social structure changes our view of Lusanna. Had Brucker not brought this bribery to light we would’ve believed that Lusanna was unchaste—which would have negated the alleged marriage vows—but now we know that whatever vows were or were not made were in fact legitimate.
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Gene Brucker’s micro-history Giovani and Lusanna is a “slice of life” story centered around a mid fifteenth-century court case in which the legitimacy of the two lovers’ marriage is decided. Therefor, it is only fitting that the witnesses’ testimonies are often referenced to validate the story line. Despite though Brucker relies heavily on the use of court room documents as evidence if it weren’t for his understanding of the social norms of the time—which could not be obtained solely through court documentations— he would not be able to reconstruct the complex tale of love and lust that is Giovanni and Lussana .
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HIST 103 ESSAY 1 - PROMPT WHAT KIND OF INFO DID THE AUTHOR...

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