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Love and Death in Renaissance Italy / Thomas V. Cohen.

Author/Creator:
Cohen, Thomas V., author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2010]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (320 p.) : 11 halftones, 1 map
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Italy -- Social life and customs -- To 1500 -- Sources.
Renaissance -- Italy -- Sources.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Gratuitous sex. Graphic violence. Lies, revenge, and murder. Before there was digital cable or reality television, there was Renaissance Italy and the courts in which Italian magistrates meted out justice to the vicious and the villainous, the scabrous and the scandalous. Love and Death in Renaissance Italy retells six piquant episodes from the Italian court just after 1550, as the Renaissance gave way to an era of Catholic reformation. Each of the chapters in this history chronicles a domestic drama around which the lives of ordinary Romans are suddenly and violently altered. You might read the gruesome murder that opens the book-when an Italian noble takes revenge on his wife and her bastard lover as he catches them in delicto flagrante-as straight from the pages of Boccaccio. But this tale, like the other stories Cohen recalls here, is true, and its recounting in this scintillating work is based on assiduous research in court proceedings kept in the state archives in Rome. Love and Death in Renaissance Italy contains stories of a forbidden love for an orphan nun, of brothers who cruelly exact a will from their dying teenage sister, and of a malicious papal prosecutor who not only rapes a band of sisters, but turns their shambling father into a pimp! Cohen retells each cruel episode with a blend of sly wit and warm sympathy and then wraps his tales in ruminations on their lessons, both for the history of their own time and for historians writing today. What results is a book at once poignant and painfully human as well as deliciously entertaining.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Double Murder in Cretone Castle
Chapter 2. Lost Love and a Handkerchief
Chapter 3. The Last Will of Vittoria Giustini
Chapter 4. "This is my Dowry". The Vile Loves of Prosecutor Pallantieri
Chapter 5. The Lady Lives the Pigeon Dies
Chapter 6. Three in a Bed. The Seduction of Innocentia
Notes
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226112602
OCLC:
748211301
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226112602 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.