Children of the Promise: The Confraternity of the Purification and the Socialization of Youths in Florence, 1427-1785 by Lorenzo Polizzotto

Children of the Promise: The Confraternity of the Purification and the Socialization of Youths in…

byLorenzo Polizzotto

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Lorenzo Polizzotto examines the educational, religious, political, and philanthropic practices of the Florentine youth confraternity of the Purification. Founded in 1427 at a time of unbounded optimism in Florence's future, the Purification was entrusted with the socialization of the youths.With the right education and training, these youths were expected eventually to lead Florence to its manifest destiny.The Purification's educational practices were solidly grounded in religious and humanist principles. In concert with the other youth confraternities, the Purification pioneered an educational programme which influenced pedagogical practices throughout Europe until the middle of the twentiethcentury. Its success made it an attractive prize for the contending political forces in Florence, becoming first an instrument of Medici ambitions and then of Savonarolan radical millenarism. Once Florence fell under the permanent rule of the Medici, the Purification sought to serve the city byturning to philanthropy, which it dispensed as a moral and educational duty.

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Lorenzo Polizzotto is Head of the Italian Section, Dept of European Languages and Studies, University of Western Australia.

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Title:Children of the Promise: The Confraternity of the Purification and the Socialization of Youths in…Format:HardcoverDimensions:397 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:January 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Origins and Early History, 1427-14442. The Medicean Ascendancy, 1444-14903. In the Shadow of Savonarola, 1494-15304. Adaptation and Change in an Age of Political and Religious Absolutism, 1530-16255. Diversification and Philanthropy, 1625-17006. The Transition from the Medici to the Lorraine-Hapsburg Dynasty: Revival, Conflict, and Suppression, 1700-1785EpilogueAppendixSelect Bibliography

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`'the first detailed study of the religious, political, and cultural movement inspired by Savonarola''The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies, 1996