El siguiente texto, salido de una ponencia de conferencia y escrito en 1994 es el primer borrador de un artculo publicado en el 2010 en Renaissance Quarterly y llamado Open Elite?
Social Mobility, Marriage, and Family in Florence, 1282-1494.
Separation of couples was tolerated, but there was no legal divorce, though betrothals between those too closely related could be annulled.
Grooms, on the average, were 14 years older than their brides.
Noble women sometimes didn't marry until the age of 24, but this was rare.
was a period in European history, from the 14th to the 17th century, regarded as the cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history.
Marriage in ancient Rome was a strictly monogamous institution: a Roman citizen by law could have only one spouse at a time.
Marriages were frequently arranged so that both families involved would benefit.
Marriages would be arranged to bring prestige or wealth to the family.
Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in many intellectual pursuits, as well as social and political upheaval, it is perhaps best known for its artistic developments and the contributions of such polymaths as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who inspired the term "Renaissance man".
Various theories have been proposed to account for its origins and characteristics, focusing on a variety of factors including the social and civic peculiarities of Florence at the time: its political structure; the patronage of its dominant family, the Medici; Other major centres were northern Italian city-states such as Venice, Genoa, Milan, Bologna, and finally Rome during the Renaissance Papacy.