About the Author
Claudio Povolo is a Professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies of the Università Ca' Foscari of Venice, Italy. His research is prevalently concerned with aspects of the administration of penal justice in the modern age. Among his publications are: L'intrigo dell'onore. Poteri e istituzioni nella repubblica di Venezia tra Cinque e Seicento, (1997) and Zanzanù. Il bandito del lago (1576-1617), (2011).
Table of Contents1. Introduction: Manzoni and the Making of Italy; John Martin 2. From History to Fiction 3. The Journey of a Document 4. A Conflict of Wills 5. Concerning a Capitulary 6. From Invention to History 7. Afterword: Beyond any Reasonable Doubt?