Binding Passions Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the End of the Renaissance

ISBN-10: 0195083202

ISBN-13: 9780195083200

Edition: 1996

Authors: Guido Ruggiero
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Description: Mining the rich Venetian archives, especially the unusually detailed records of Venice's own branch of the Roman Inquisition, Guido Ruggiero provides a strikingly new and provocative interpretation of the end of the Renaissance in Italy. In this boldly structured work, he develops five narrative accounts of individual encounters with the Inquisition that illustrate the double-edged metaphor of how passions were both bound by late Renaissance society and were seen in turn as binding people. In this way new perspectives are opened on magic, witchcraft, love, marriage, gender, and discipline at the level of the community and beyond. Witches, courtesans, prostitutes, women healers, nobles, Cardinals, and renegade priests and monks speak from these pages describing their lives, beliefs, hopes, fears, and lies. With an imaginative flair for storytelling and impeccable scholarship, Ruggiero exposes the rich complexity of the culture and poetics of the everyday at the end of the Renaissance and illuminates a previously unexplored chapter in Italian history.

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Book details

List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/10/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction Carne Vale and Carnival
Love Bound: Andriana Savorgnan, Common Whore, Courtesan, and Noble Wife
"More Dear to Me Than Life Itself": Marriage, Honor, and a Woman's Reputation in the Renaissance
That Old Black Magic Called Love
The Women Priests of Latisana: Apollonia Madizza and the Ties That Bind
"The Fortune-Telling Friar": Fra Aurelio Di Siena and the Wages of Sin
Afterword: The Poetry of the Everyday and Binding Passions
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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