Beatrice Cenci is a tragic figure from late 16th century Rome. Along with her brother, Giacomo, and her stepmother, Lucrezia, she plotted the death of her evil father, Francesco Cenci. Following the parricide the three culprits were sentenced to death by Pope Clement VIII, The verdicts occurred following long deliberation by the papacy. Francesco Cenci was a nobleman, albeit a cruel and despotic man. At least one historian believes the Francesco attempted to rape his daughter. It is extremely likely that the Cenci youths were also beaten with a type of flagellant whip. This instrument of punishment was found in the aftermath of Francesco Cenci's murder. Perhaps the Pope was too rigid in his punishment of the Cenci children and their stepmother. Clement VIII certainly followed the letter of the Roman law of the time very stringently.
|Publisher:||Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr|
|File size:||272 KB|
|Age Range:||5 - 11 Years|
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I am a soon to be retired Duke Medical Center library researcher, who enjoys writing. I have been writing on Wikipedia for years and have begun to write ebooks. My pastimes include selling books on EBay, genealogical research, baseball (Pittsburgh Pirates), collecting antique furniture and coins, and spending time with Kingsley, my cocker spaniel.