Mad Blood Stirring Vendetta in Renaissance Italy
Edition: 1993 (Abridged)
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Description: Awarded the 1993 Howard Marraro Prize for the best book in Italian history Nobles were slaughtered and their castles looted or destroyed, bodies were dismembered and corpses fed to animals -- the Udine carnival massacre of 1511 was the most extensive and damaging popular revolt in Renaissance Italy (and the basis for the story of Romeo and Juliet). Mad Blood Stirring is a gripping account and analysis of this event, as well as the social structures and historical conflicts preceding it and the subtle shifts in the mentality of revenge it introduced. This new reader's edition offers students and general readers an abridged version of this classic work which shifts the focus from specialized scholarly analysis to the book's main theme: the role of vendetta in city and family politics. Uncovering the many connections between the carnival motifs, hunting practices, and vendetta rituals, Muir finds that the Udine massacre occurred because, at that point in Renaissance history, violent revenge and allegiance to factions provided the best alternative to failed political institutions. But the carnival massacre also marked a crossroads: the old mentality of vendetta was soon supplanted by the emerging sense that the direct expression of anger should be suppressed -- to be replaced by duels. From reviews of the complete edition: "A model study of how vendetta and political disorder related to one another... Superbly documented." -- Times Literary Supplement "A superbly researched book... The human detail is both vivid and coherent." -- Italian Studies "Muir is one of the best microhistorians of our day... His careful analysis, persuasive reasoning, impressive documentation, and lively prose demand close and careful attention. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in early modern Italy, and more widely, for those who study social or microhistory." -- Sixteenth-Century Journal "An exceptional book accessible both to students and to general readers." -- History
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 5/18/1998
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall