The War of the Fists : Popular Culture and Public Violence in Late Renaissance Venice
The War of the Fists explores early modern Venetian society through the lens of the festive combat which involved all classes, but especially the city's more marginal workers. It employs four different topical approaches: the social geography of Venetian factionalism; the structure of combat itself; the festive world which grew up around the encounters, providing workers with an alternative society of their own; and the response of the Venetian patriciate, government and police to this largely uncontrollable, plebeian entertainment.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 154.9 x 236.2 x 14.7mm | 452.86g
- 10 Mar 1994
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- frontispiece, halftones, maps
Davis tells a colorful story with verve and acumen, and couches it comfortably in matters of import for the larger social history of pre-modern Europe. * Journal of Social History *
About Robert C. Davis
Robert C. Davis is Assistant Professor of Renaissance Italian History at Ohio State University and the editor of News on the Rialto, a newsletter for Venetian historical studies.