Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance: Stories of Later Life from Petrarch to Montaigne
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Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance: Stories of Later Life from Petrarch to Montaigne

By Cynthia Skenazi
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Cynthia Skenazi explores in this book a shift in attitudes towards aging and provides a historical perspective on a crucial problem of our time. In Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance: Stories of Later Life from Petrarch to Montaigne Cynthia Skenazi explores a shift in attitudes towards aging and provides a historical perspective on a crucial problem of our time. From the late fourteenth to the end of the sixteenth centuries, the elderly subject became a point of new social, medical, political, and literary attention on both sides of the Alps. A movement of secularization tended to dissociate old age from the Christian preparation for death, re-orienting the concept of aging around pragmatic matters such as health care, intergenerational relationships, and accrued insights one might wish to pass along. Such changes were accompanied by an increasing number of personal accounts of later life. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One A Sound Mind in a Healthy Body
    • Galen
    • Petrarch
    • Ficino and Zerbi
    • Cornaro
    • Erasmus
    • Montaigne
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Two The Circulation of Power and Knowledge
    • Petrarch
    • Castiglione
    • Montaigne
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Three Love in Old Age
    • Petrarch
    • Ronsard
    • Montaigne
    • Pasquier
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Four Then and Now
    • The Care of the Aging Self
    • Erasmus’s Colloquium “The Old Men’s Chat”
    • A Way of Life and a Mode of Discourse: The Case of Montaigne
    • In Vino Veritas
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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