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The Evolution of Family Memory Models: Tuscan Family Books (16th–18th Century)

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This chapter draws some conclusions from the still partial results of the research on Tuscan family books, and also develop some more general thoughts about the evolutive models of family books, on the basis of the broad characteristics of the genre. As regards the census of Tuscan texts, the results are still very provisional. The funding so far received has allowed one to deal only with Florence, the greatest center of production and conservation. The social extraction of the writers is various, but with a strong presence of families not of the top level: some are artisans, and often of families that have undergone some social promotion but are not noble, or at any rate not longlived. In the books preserved in Florence there is a certain presence of families from the province or region.

Keywords: family memory models; Florence; Medici; nobility; Tuscan texts



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