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Lost Girls Sex and Death in Renaissance Florence

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ISBN-10: 1421407728

ISBN-13: 9781421407722

Edition: 2012

Authors: Nicholas Terpstra

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In 1554, a group of idealistic laywomen founded a home for homeless and orphaned adolescent girls in one of the worst neighborhoods in Florence. Of the 526 girls who lived in the home during its fourteen-year tenure, only 202 left there alive. Struck by the unusually high mortality rate, Nicholas Terpstra sets out to determine what killed the lost girls of the House of Compassion shelter (Casa della Pietà).Reaching deep into the archives' letters, ledgers, and records from both inside and outside the home, he slowly pieces together the tragic story. The Casa welcomed girls in bad health and with little future, hoping to save them from an almost certain life of poverty and drudgery. Yet this…    
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of Figures
Note on Dates, Currency, and Measures
Mystery and Silence
The Setting: Sex and the City
Renaissance Teenagers: Working Girls
Teenage Girls and Birth Control
Renaissance Fundamentalists and Girls in Trouble
Virgin Girls and Venereal Disease
Conclusion: Friction in the Archives
Appendix: Sexual Politics: Giulia and the Crown Prince Gonzaga