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Italy's Eighteenth CenturyGender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour$
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Paula Findlen, Wendy Wassyng Roworth, and Catherine M. Sama

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759045

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759045.001.0001

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Italian Morality and European Values in the Eighteenth Century

(p.35) One Cicisbei
Italy's Eighteenth Century

Roberto Bizzocchi

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the historical sociology of marital or extramarital relations between sexes in eighteenth-century Italy, focusing on the cicisbei, the lovers of married noblewomen, who were popularized in the works of positivist scholars of Italian literature. One example is J. C. L. Sismondo Sismondi's portrait of the moral decline of the Italian conscience in the final chapters of his Histoire des républiques (Storia) (1807–1818), where he talks about the cicisbeo and the social phenomenon that they represent.

Keywords:   cicisbei, Italy, Histoire des républiques, cicisbeo

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