Accounting for Affection: Mothering and Politics in Early by C. Castiglione

By C. Castiglione

Accounting for Affection examines the multifaceted nature of early sleek motherhood by means of targeting the information and techniques of Roman aristocratic moms in the course of familial clash. Illuminating new methods to the maternal and the familial hired by means of such girls, it demonstrates how interventions received expanding want in early smooth Rome.

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75 The disparity between the present and future scenarios of the family would be exacerbated by the inevitable loss of the papacy, a day that Anna hinted at in her calculations of her children’s future. 76 Critiques of Barberini expenditures were exacerbated by the events of the early 1640s, when the papal family became bogged down in Urban VIII’s disastrous war of Castro against Odoardo Farnese, lord of the Duchy of Castro. Farnese had failed to pay his debts to Roman creditors in 1640–41, an offense for which the pope was expected to respond to 42 Accounting for Affection protect the creditors.

Law courts were the site for politics and political change to the extent that such courts allowed marginal members of society to bargain for their rights. 68 A careful examination of the mater litigans reveals both the possibilities and the limitations of the law for remaking the domestic and the political. Domestic Affairs and the Theater of Rome: Hidden and Public Transcripts of Family Life69 The model of the mater litigans extended beyond the confines of Rome and can be linked to the shifting attitudes toward motherhood emerging elsewhere in seventeenth-century Italy.

Nature or Fortune or God doled out the gifts of birth and wealth, so for them God was owed the praise. ”52 Tightly linked to her marital devotion was her maternal involvement with the Barberini children. In their very young years, their lives were precarious, as were those of all children in this period. The first Barberini offspring were received with jubilant attention by Taddeo’s siblings. 53 Clearly, the Barberini brothers were devoted to the next generation of the family. Yet, the survival of the children rested squarely on Anna’s shoulders, especially the selection of wet nurses, critical servants in an aristocratic household, since a woman of Anna’s social status was unlikely to have breastfed her young children.

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