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Love and Death in Renaissance Italy
Author: Thomas V. Cohen

ISBN: 9780226269719
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 8 February 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Description:
Gratuitous sex. Graphic violence. Lies, revenge, and murder. Before there was digital cable or reality television, there was Renaissance Italy and the courts in which Italian magistrates meted out justice to the vicious and the villainous, the scabrous and the scandalous. Love and Death in Renaissance Italy retells six piquant episodes from the Italian court just after 1550, as the Renaissance gave way to an era of Catholic reformation.

Each of the chapters in this history chronicles a domestic drama around which the lives of ordinary Romans are suddenly and violently altered. You might read the gruesome murder that opens the bookwhen an Italian noble takes revenge on his wife and her bastard lover as he catches them in delicto flagranteas straight from the pages of Boccaccio. But this tale, like the other stories Cohen recalls here, istrue, and its recounting in this scintillating work is based on assiduous research in court proceedings kept in the state archives in Rome.

Love and Death in Renaissance Italy contains stories of a forbidden love...

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