Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the End of the Renaissance / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083200
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,302,044
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Carne Vale and Carnival 3
1 Love Bound: Andriana Savorgnan, Common Whore, Courtesan, and Noble Wife 24
2 "More Dear to Me Than Life Itself": Marriage, Honor, and a Woman's Reputation in the Renaissance 57
3 That Old Black Magic Called Love 88
4 The Women Priests of Latisana: Apollonia Madizza and the Ties That Bind 130
5 "The Fortune-Telling Friar": Fra Aurelio di Siena and the Wages of Sin 175
Afterword: The Poetry of the Everyday and Binding Passions 223
Notes 229
Bibliography 265
Index 275
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