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How to do it [electronic resource] : guides to good living for Renaissance Italians / Rudolph M. Bell.

By: Bell, Rudolph M.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 375 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780226041834 (electronic bk.); 0226041832 (electronic bk.); 9780226042107 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226042103 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226042006; 9780226042008.Subject(s): Families -- Italy -- History -- 16th century | Marriage -- Italy -- History -- 16th century | Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800 | Life skills -- Italy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Life skills -- Italy -- Early works to 1800 | Family -- Italy | Family Planning Services -- Italy -- History | Marriage -- Italy -- History | Parenting -- Italy -- History | Famille -- Italie -- Histoire -- 16e si�ecle | Mariage -- Italie -- Histoire -- 16e si�ecle | Morale pratique -- Ouvrages avant 1800 | Habilet�es de base -- Italie -- Guides, manuels, etc | Habilet�es de base -- Italie -- Ouvrages avant 1800 | REFERENCE | HEALTH & FITNESS -- Beauty & Grooming | Seksuele techniek | Seksuele voorlichting | Opvoeding | HandleidingenGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: How to do it.DDC classification: 646.7/00945/09031 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Conception -- Pregnancy and childbirth -- Raising your child -- Adolescence -- Marital relations -- Then and now.
Review: "Hope to conceive a boy? Tie a tourniquet around your husband's left testicle. Pregnant and fear a weak or malformed baby? Frequent hearty laughter should reduce the risk. And if you're a teenager of good repute, avoid dancing at all costs and stay away from wine, cosmetics, and flashy dress, too. What may seem quirky to today's readers certainly wasn't to its original audience - Renaissance Italians. They read advice manuals prodigiously, seeking guidance from the latest books by bestselling alchemists and snake-oil peddlers like Mrs. Isabella Cortese and Dr. Leonardo Fioravanti with an avidity not bestowed even on a Dante or a Machiavelli. How to Do It shows us sixteenth-century Italy from an entirely new perspective: through manuals which were staples in the households of middlebrow Italians just trying to lead better lives."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Conception -- Pregnancy and childbirth -- Raising your child -- Adolescence -- Marital relations -- Then and now.

"Hope to conceive a boy? Tie a tourniquet around your husband's left testicle. Pregnant and fear a weak or malformed baby? Frequent hearty laughter should reduce the risk. And if you're a teenager of good repute, avoid dancing at all costs and stay away from wine, cosmetics, and flashy dress, too. What may seem quirky to today's readers certainly wasn't to its original audience - Renaissance Italians. They read advice manuals prodigiously, seeking guidance from the latest books by bestselling alchemists and snake-oil peddlers like Mrs. Isabella Cortese and Dr. Leonardo Fioravanti with an avidity not bestowed even on a Dante or a Machiavelli. How to Do It shows us sixteenth-century Italy from an entirely new perspective: through manuals which were staples in the households of middlebrow Italians just trying to lead better lives."--Jacket.

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