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The authors investigate and compare the judicial institutions and social conditions in which Beltramino Cusadri worked, the criminal cases that he investigated, and his successes and failures. Their combined presentation of the figure and mentality of Cusadri amounts to something unprecedented in Italian Renaissance historiography: the portrait of a professional man, employed to combat rising crime, but accused of corruption and tyranny by the entrenched interests that he faced. The book follows the major phases of Beltramino's career and offers a broader exploration of the legal history of Renaissance Italy.
In his long life Beltramino Cusadri wrote hundreds of letters to his employers and it is upon these letters that this book is based. These letters with their wry, colorfully worded expressions are liberally quoted and provide unique insight into the career, activity, and attitudes of a major Renaissance bureaucrat. The letters of his employers in return are also drawn upon to examine a variety of themes, from the progress of law-making and the pattern of criminality, to the problems of policing and the changing forms of punishment. These provide an extraordinarily vivid picture of face-to-face realities that make an important contribution to the history of crime, law, policing, and punishment.
David S. Chambers is Reader in Renaissance Studies at the Warburg Institute, University of London. Trevor Dean is Principal Lecturer, Department of History, Roehampton Institute, London. Both have published extensively on the history of Medieval and Renaissance Italy.
|1||The Challenge of Crime in the Este State||19|
|2||Crime and Punishment in Gonzaga Mantua||59|
|3||Beltramino's Origins and Early Career in Mantua||87|
|4||Beltramino's Later Career in Mantua and His Downfall||113|
|5||Judicial Crisis in Ferrara, Modena, and Reggio||147|
|6||Beltramino in Modena and Reggio||179|
|7||After Beltramino: Crime and Punishment in Mantua, 1484-99||233|
|Epilogue: Mantua and the End of Beltramino||251|
|App. 1||Selected Letters of Beltramino||271|
|App. 2||Lists of the Podestas of Ferrara, Mantua, Modena, and Reggio||283|