By C. Castiglione
Accounting for Affection examines the multifaceted nature of early smooth motherhood by way of targeting the tips and techniques of Roman aristocratic moms in the course of familial clash. Illuminating new techniques to the maternal and the familial hired by means of such girls, it demonstrates how interventions won expanding want in early smooth Rome.
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32 Anna’s difficulties in her life with the Barberini are well known, better known than her successes. Her adversities have been traced to her marriage to the pope’s nephew, a union which supposedly doomed her to difficulty and betrayal. 1644–55). In fear for their lives, they fled for Paris, taking Anna’s children with them, but leaving Anna behind, against her wishes, without letting her know their plans, and without the financial means to sustain herself. 36 Anna nonetheless launched a counteroffensive against the deeds of the succeeding pope that contributed to the eventual rescue of the Barberini property from confiscation by the new pontiff.
The latter is a tender closing, but its repetition might have inclined him to think it a formula. However, as she explained at great length in one of her letters, Taddeo could have married a woman “of a better family, with greater wealth, and more talents with which to serve him,” but there was no woman who could have had more affection or a more sincere love for Taddeo. 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.
63 For scores of women, involvement with the judgment of the Congregation was a once-in-a-lifetime event. Such women could be found among the creditors clamoring for the settlement of the debts owed to them by noble families. While such litigants could be of modest background, they included Roman noblewomen as well as the Queen of England, who, in 1696, sought payment on her loan to the Ludovisi family. Most Roman families whose entangled affairs were aired before the tribunal had one of their women actively involved in staring down the demands of the dynasty’s creditors.