I've been reading birth records from the commune of Carpanzano, (province of Cosenza, Calabria) and I've come across a few entries that I don't quite understand. Is there a social distinction between moglie (wife) and donna di casa (house wife)? I've seen mothers names described both ways.
Also, I understand that gentildonna and gentiluomo are titles, but how did these people acquire them? By birth, or by their important standing in the community? Thanks.