How were popular attitudes toward death and life revealed in the illegal 17th-century practice of re-baptizing dead babies? What can be learned about the nature of government and economy in early modern Genoa by studying the methods of Renaissance counterfeiters? Why were certain forms of magic and witchcraft redefined by the Enlightenment as murder? In the latest volume of "Selections from 'Quaderni Storici'", Edward Muir and Guido Ruggiero bring together groups of scholars to explore the social and political history of early modern Italy through the study of criminal records. Like other volumes in the series, "History from Crime" demonstrates how an analysis of documents once thought beneath scholarly notice can offer new insights into the past. The authors show, for example, how the practice of keeping concubines by priests in early modern Siena reveals the contours of religious and social perceptions of the time. An analysis of the dynamics of rural feuds helps redefine the structures of power in the 17th and 18th centuries. And a new look at the political values and norms of Renaissance Florence is provided by an examination of selected cases of political corruption.
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""Social historical themes recoverable from criminal behavior or court testimony... How the courts actually operated and what transgressors meant by criminal behavior, ranging from magic and witchcraft to clerical concubinage, feuds, and counterfeiting." -- Sixteenth-Century Journal
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Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0801847338
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0801847338
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97808018473321.0