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By Guido Ruggiero

ISBN-10: 0195079302

ISBN-13: 9780195079302

Mining the wealthy Venetian documents, specially the strangely certain files of Venice's personal department of the Roman Inquisition, Guido Ruggiero presents a strikingly new and provocative interpretation of the tip of the Renaissance in Italy. during this boldly based paintings, he develops 5 narrative debts of person encounters with the Inquisition that illustrate the double-edged metaphor of ways passions have been either certain by way of overdue Renaissance society and have been visible in flip as binding humans. during this means new views are opened on magic, witchcraft, love, marriage, gender, and self-discipline on the point of the group and past. Witches, courtesans, prostitutes, ladies healers, nobles, Cardinals, and renegade monks and clergymen communicate from those pages describing their lives, ideals, hopes, fears, and lies. With an innovative aptitude for storytelling and impeccable scholarship, Ruggiero exposes the wealthy complexity of the tradition and poetics of the typical on the finish of the Renaissance and illuminates a formerly unexplored bankruptcy in Italian heritage.

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The argument of the dialogues develops out of Nanna's autobiography because she had experienced each of the three options—life as a nun, as a wife, and as a whore. As a young girl just reaching sexual maturity, she had entered a convent. This was the Renaissance norm for many who became nuns. She had assumed that she was joining a world of religious commitment and fervor by taking vows that bound the passions she had already felt for a man in the outside world to God. But she was quickly disabused, discovering that the fervors of her sisters were quite other than religious.

An old friend agreed that Laura's husband had died fighting the Turks on a galley captained by a Savorgnan, but as a rower, not as a retainer. '' Hardly a family tradition worthy of the Dandolos; their absence underlined the faultiness of the marriage between Andriana and Marco. Without the Church, without law, without criminality per se, we are in an area where the powerful disciplining forces of honor and public reputation made such marriages, if not impossible, at least unlikely. By itself this might be enough to explain the haste and relative privacy of the ceremony, but there was another and more important problem.

Family, status, wealth, and the ability to wield influence both political and personal had undercut the attempt of the Holy Office to punish what they had decided needed correction in 1571. Had Zaccharia and Zorzi's moment before the Holy Ofiice, then, in the end been enough to make them aware that came vale was ending? Probably not. That was to be a long transition and crucially, like all great transitions, to be effective it had to be much more broadly cased, the sum of thousands of similar moments across society.

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