ABSTRACT

“Individuals” shifts focus from the external structures that ordered Venetian society to the concubinaries who negotiated that order. Although the sexual pairings of Venetians were influenced by many factors, individual Venetians felt and demonstrated an entire spectrum of needs in opposition to the myriad social, legal, financial, and familial boundaries. As well as explaining many of the reasons, some Venetians were unable to marry other Venetians, this chapter addresses the benefits the concubinal union could provide, including financial and physical security, love, sexual satisfaction, and status.