‘The Body in the City, 1100-1800’ Focus Program aims to investigate the complex, diverse, and multi-layered realities and understandings of ‘the body’ in medieval and early modern societies. It brings together outstanding scholars from the University of London (Birkbeck College) and Monash, along with members of the Prato Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Amsterdam, Arizona, Catholic University of America, Edinburgh, Queen Mary College, Toronto, Warwick, Prato State Archives) to research both real and metaphorical bodies in the urban context and investigate their inter-relationship. The research program encompasses various disciplines – art, architecture, literature, medicine, politics, religion, gender, society – and focusses on archival, textual, visual and environmental materials.
John Henderson History Seminar
23 September 2016, 12-1pm
Monash University Clayton Campus, 20 Chancellors Walk, Room E561
John Henderson will present a paper entitled Plague, Prosecution and the Poor in Late Renaissance Florence.
In this paper he will present one of the main themes of his forthcoming book: the reactions of those at the lower levels of society to living through the plague in early modern Florence. Based on an extensive analysis of trials of those who broke plague legislation, John will explore how this type of record can be used to provide a more nuanced, animated and less passive view of the poorer sort than that presented by official accounts, and also to throw light on life at the level of the neighbourhood, street and even family, reflecting the survival strategies adopted at a time of crisis.