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The Legend of John Baptist Grimaldi: Sexual Comportment and Masculine Styles in Early Tudor London


The Legend of John Baptist Grimaldi: Sexual Comportment and Masculine Styles in Early Tudor London

McSheffrey, Shannon ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5209-7399 (2022) The Legend of John Baptist Grimaldi: Sexual Comportment and Masculine Styles in Early Tudor London. In: Murray, Jacqueline, (ed.) Patriarchy, Honour, and Violence: Masculinities in Premodern Europe. Essays and Studies (57). Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto, pp. 23-48. ISBN 9780772711441

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A small but wealthy and powerful group of Italian merchants lived in early sixteenth-century London, representing the international banking and mercantile firms of Genoa, Florence, Venice, Lucca, and other northern Italian city-states. Though favourites at the royal court, with direct access to the ears of the king himself, these Lombards (as the English termed them) were highly unpopular with their English mercantile rivals. London merchants’ hostility drew obviously from the economic competition the Italians posed, but their animosity was cultural as well as commercial. One particular bone of contention was that Italian merchants did not play by English rules regarding sexual relationships: they were accused of seducing the wives and daughters of respectable men. The Italians may have pursued such seductions not simply for sexual gratification but also as a strategy to embarrass and shame their English counterparts. At the same time, it is also clear that there were quite different sexual ethics at work among the English and Italian mercantile elites that signified incompatible reactions to sexual situations.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > History
Item Type:Book Section
Authors:McSheffrey, Shannon
Editors:Murray, Jacqueline
Series Name:Essays and Studies
Date:August 2022
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada
ID Code:990730
Deposited By: Shannon Mcsheffrey
Deposited On:03 Aug 2022 16:39
Last Modified:03 Aug 2022 16:39
Additional Information:Email from Series editor indicating permission to post offprint to personal or institutional website: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 11:10:49 GMT-04:00 Subject: offprints! Date: Monday, July 25, 2022 at 12:18:03 PM GMT-04:00 From: Konrad Eisenbichler To: Jacqueline Murray (jacqueline.murray@uoguelph.ca), Jacqueline Murray (jamurray@uoguelph.ca), Shannon Mcsheffrey, Aaron Miedema (govianus@gmail.com), pardonm@berea.edu AFachments: 00 ES 57 Murray introducQon.pdf, 01 ES 57 McSheffrey.pdf, 02 ES 57 Miedema.pdf, 03 ES 57 Pardon.pdf Dear Jacqueline, Shannon, Aaron, Mireille, I attach the PDF offprint of your article from that volume; this is the final version and reflects what has now gone to printing. You may send the offprint to friends and colleagues as you wish and you may also mount it on your web page (if you’d like). Once CRRS sends me the flyer for the book, I will forward it to you so that you might forward it to your library with your recommendation for purchase. Thank you so much for contributing to this wonderful volume and being part of this exciting series of books. I hope we will have an opportunity once again to work together! Konrad Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler, FRSC, Comm. OMRI Series Editor, “Essays and Studies” https://crrs.ca/pub/essays-studies/ Page 1 of 1
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