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Domestic Devotion in Florentine “Ricordanze” (13th–16th Century)

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The normal dimension of religious experience is certainly an important and significant factor for understanding past realities. Within this "domestic" devotion lies a basic element which gives us the measure of the external forms with which religiosity was lived by various individuals in the privacy of home and family and can perhaps also tell us something of the way in which these forms were felt. The Florentine libri di ricordi are, as is wellknown, very numerous compared to analogous documents from other parts of Italy. Of these the most well-known are those whose authors dwelt mostly on their own or their family's events. This chapter looks at a sampling of some dozens of this kind of source, published and not, and attempt to draw significant indications, from a synchronic and diachronic comparison, about everyday religion at this time, and possible changes over the ages.

Keywords: baptism; domestic devotion; Florentine; religiosity; Ricordanze



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