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Accounting for Affection examines the multifaceted nature of early sleek motherhood by means of concentrating on the tips and techniques of Roman aristocratic moms in the course of familial clash. Illuminating new methods to the maternal and the familial hired by way of such girls, it demonstrates how interventions won expanding desire in early sleek Rome.

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9 The marriage in 1627 was decidedly one of dynastic strategy. 11 Such an alliance accomplished key goals for each side. It united the Neapolitan branch of the Colonna family with the rulers of one of the most prestigious states in Italy. All great aristocratic families throughout the peninsula sought such ties to the papacy. The marriage also allowed the Barberini, a relatively modest family of newcomers to Rome, to make an alliance with a dynasty far more ancient and prestigious than they. The rightfulness of the union was incorporated into the design of the Barberini’s innovative family palace on the Quirinal hill.

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.

However, a close scrutiny of the evidence in family archives reveals that judicial interventions influenced but did not define familial dynamics and connections. 76 A full understanding of Roman family life has to account for this ambiguity, which presents itself in a variety of ways behind the scenes of litigation – the half-hearted pursuit of lawsuits, the appropriation of the language of maternal love to describe an uncle’s or a father’s affection, the refusal to make out a will that would have obliterated many aristocratic mothers’ possibilities for litigation.

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