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Social classes and power in Renaissance Florence as well as today are strongly linked to the idea of money how much one has monetarily usually dictates a persons lifestyle The more money one had earned or inherited the higher up in social status one eventually ranked and the higher a persons social status the more power was gained in the community and surrounding areas Power is linked to money and social ranking and that was the key to survival in the Renaissance time period or at least a decent existence There are few factors that can contribute to a persons rise in power whereas there are many factors that can bring a persons power to nothing The trial was to decide on the validity of the marriage between Giovanni and Lusanna In this dispute Giovanni and Lusanna were both fighting to keep their honor and respect in society but as always the one with the power presides It is always about who a person is and their connections Giovanni was an upper class young wealthy man from a family of great respect with an enormous amount or power 10 His family held much honor and Giovanni being upper class and wealthy could have had any woman not just in his social rankings Lusanna was a lower class older widow from an artisan family not to mention a woman in Renaissance Florence these factors gave Lusanna almost nil power compared to Giovanni 100 Even with her great beauty 15 and generous dowry 10 which her father being an artisan worked very hard to further his social status and give his family a better place5 Her first marriage was arranged and decent and after her husbands death and a supposed secret marriage to Giovanni a short time later which if made public would have permanently shamed his family 83 That would not have done well for his future because of this the trial was brought up Giovanni
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