Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the by Guido Ruggiero

By Guido Ruggiero

Mining the wealthy Venetian files, particularly the strangely special documents of Venice's personal department of the Roman Inquisition, Guido Ruggiero presents a strikingly new and provocative interpretation of the top of the Renaissance in Italy. during this boldly established paintings, he develops 5 narrative money owed of person encounters with the Inquisition that illustrate the double-edged metaphor of ways passions have been either certain via overdue Renaissance society and have been obvious in flip as binding humans. during this manner new views are opened on magic, witchcraft, love, marriage, gender, and self-discipline on the point of the neighborhood and past. Witches, courtesans, prostitutes, girls healers, nobles, Cardinals, and renegade monks and priests communicate from those pages describing their lives, ideals, hopes, fears, and lies. With an inventive aptitude for storytelling and impeccable scholarship, Ruggiero exposes the wealthy complexity of the tradition and poetics of the standard on the finish of the Renaissance and illuminates a formerly unexplored bankruptcy in Italian history.

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