Recently, the studies focused on the history of the Ancient Italian States have underlined the widespread use, among the relief initiatives, of charity dowries. These were perceived as a characteristic of the Italian Peninsula and, more specifically, as an expression of the need to protect women's honor, conceived as a tangible manifestation of the moral quality of the entire community. Through the cross-analysis of rules and practices, this essay analyzes some uses widespread within the Neapolitan aristocracy during the 16th and the 17th centuries, when the Kingdom of Naples was part of the Spanish Imperial System and the Castilian élite intended to melt with the most important lineages in Naples. By taking into account the monti dei maritaggi, laical associations established to collect and distribute the capitals required to fund the brides' dowries, we will examine the asymmetries of power within the noble family, starting from normative documents, in order to define the participation of the female members to the meaning of the class and familial identity and to challenge the traditional interpretation of the patrimonial structure of the aristocratic inheritance system.
|Titolo:||39. Class privileges and the public good. The monti for dowries in Early Modern Naples|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)|