The Gift in Sixteenth-century France

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - 298 pages
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In this gem of a book, Natalie Zemon Davis explores the role of gifts in Renaissance France. From the King's bounty to the beggar's alms, from the lavish feasting and display of civic dignitaries to the humble tokens exchanged by peasant bride and groom, the giving and receiving of gifts -then, as now - held tremendous significance.Full of vignettes which illuminate life and belief in the sixteenth century, The Gift examines how the giving of presents functioned at all levels of society. As they do today, people evaluated gifts all the time - their own gifts and those of others - deciding what was at stake, and judgingwhether it was a good gift, a bad gift, or even a gift at all. Sometimes gifts brought peace and amity; sometimes they led to bitter quarrels and accusations of corruption. The Reformation and its liturgy were in part a quarrel between Protestants and Catholics about whether humans can give giftsto god, and what gifts we owe each other.Natalie Zemon Davis here deploys her own gift for the retelling of sometimes poignant personal stories to offer both telling cultural detail and a true historical perspective on the turbulent era of the Renaissance and Reformation.
 

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Davis (history, emerita, Princeton Univ.; The Return of Martin Guerre) here investigates the use of gifts in 16th-century France. She looks at gifts on all levels of society, from presents to a king ... Consulter l'avis complet

The gift in sixteenth-century France

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Davis (history, emerita, Princeton Univ.; The Return of Martin Guerre) here investigates the use of gifts in 16th-century France. She looks at gifts on all levels of society, from presents to a king ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Gift Practices and Social Meanings
56
Gifts and Sales
96
Gifts Gone Wrong
110
Gifts Bribes and Kings
142
Gifts and the Gods
167
Conclusion
209
Notes
224
Illustration Credits
281
Index
287

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Natalie Zemon Davis is a pioneering social historian whose books have broken through the boundaries of academic history. Famous for The Return of Martin Guerre, her other works also illuminate and explain history through the retelling of often poignant personal stories.

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