Amalia's Tale: A Poor Peasant, an Ambitious Attorney, and a Fight for Justice
  • Amalia's Tale: A Poor Peasant, an Ambitious Attorney, and a Fight for Justice
  • Amalia's Tale: A Poor Peasant, an Ambitious Attorney, and a Fight for Justice

Amalia's Tale: A Poor Peasant, an Ambitious Attorney, and a Fight for Justice

by David I. Kertzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0618551069

ISBN-13: 9780618551064

Pub. Date: 03/06/2008

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


This quintessential David-and-Goliath saga tells the story of a wholly unexpected triumph of the poor against the rich and of a crusading city attorney who fought on behalf of an impoverished peasant.
Amalia Bagnacavalli, an illiterate young peasant from the mountains near Bologna, is forced by poverty to take in a child from the city’s foundling home to…  See more details below

Overview


This quintessential David-and-Goliath saga tells the story of a wholly unexpected triumph of the poor against the rich and of a crusading city attorney who fought on behalf of an impoverished peasant.
Amalia Bagnacavalli, an illiterate young peasant from the mountains near Bologna, is forced by poverty to take in a child from the city’s foundling home to wet-nurse. When Amalia contracts syphilis from the sickly and malformed baby given to her, the city fathers callously dismiss her pleas for treatment and restitution.
Bewildered and frightened, she seeks out Augusto Barbieri, an ambitious attorney looking to make a name for himself. He takes up Amalia’s cause, fighting the case for years through the Italian courts before winning an unprecedented and stunning victory for his by now broken client. The unforgettable story of a landmark struggle for basic human rights, Amalia’s Tale is the moving drama of a rural woman whose life was ruined and the man from the city who would not stop -- or so it seemed -- until he had seen justice done.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618551064
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/06/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents


Prologue ix 1. An Unexpected Visitor 1 2. The Fateful Day 11 3. The First Signs 19 4. Suing the Count 31 5. The Mercury Treatment 42 6. The Trial Begins 48 7. Disputing the Doctor 55 8. The Parade of the Syphilitic Peasants 66 9. The Psychiatrist’s Attack 74 10. The Miserly Syphilologist 81 11. A New Champion 89 12. Conflicting Opinions 98 13. The Tribunal Decides 106 14. Amalia’s Appeal 116 15. The Loan 125 16. The Counteroffensive 132 17. Mixed News from the Supreme Court 138 18. A Split Decision 151 19. A Staggering Sum 157 20. Amalia’s Lawyer Submits His Bill 164 21. Lives Lost and Lives Saved 173 22. Aristocrats, Lawyers, Doctors, and Peasants: Amalia Looks Back 182

Postscript: Recovering Buried History 190 Acknowledgments 199 Notes 201 Sources 204 Index 228

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