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Words & Deeds in Renaissance

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The social historian, searching for the basis of a culture, often turns to a study of ordinary people. Perhaps one of the most revealing places to find them is in a court of law. In this presentatoin of nine criminal trials of sixteenth-century Rome (1540-75), where magistrates kept verbatim records, Thomas and Elizabeth Cohen paint a lively portrait of a society, one that is reminiscent of Boccaccio. These stories, however, are true.

Each trial transcript is followed by an essay that interprets the beliefs, codes, everyday speech, and personal transactions of a world that is radically different from our own. The people on trial include assassins, a spell-caster, an exorcist, an adulterous wife, several courtesans, and the peasant cast of a bawdy, sacrilegious play. Out of their often pognant troubles, and their machinations, comes a vivid revelation of not only the tumultuous street life of Rome but also rituals of honour, the power and weakness of women, and the realities of social and economic hierarchies.

Like cinema-verite, Words and Deeds in Renaissance Rome gives us an intimate glimpse of a people and their world.

Synopsis:

The social historian, searching for the basis of a culture, often turns to a study of ordinary people. Perhaps one of the most revealing places to find them is in a court of law. In this presentation of nine criminal trials of sixteenth-century Rome (1540-75), where magistrates kept verbatim records, Thomas and Elizabeth Cohen paint a lively portrait of a society, one that is reminiscent of Boccaccio. These stories, however are true.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-300) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802076991
Author:
Cohen, Thomas
Author:
Cohen, Elizabeth S.
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Location:
Toronto ;
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Rome (Italy) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Trials -- Italy -- Rome.
Subject:
World History-Italy
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
19931031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
308
Dimensions:
9.01x6.02x.92 in. 1.09 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Italy » Medieval and Renaissance
History and Social Science » Law » Civil Liberties and Human Rights
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Italy

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"Synopsis" by , The social historian, searching for the basis of a culture, often turns to a study of ordinary people. Perhaps one of the most revealing places to find them is in a court of law. In this presentation of nine criminal trials of sixteenth-century Rome (1540-75), where magistrates kept verbatim records, Thomas and Elizabeth Cohen paint a lively portrait of a society, one that is reminiscent of Boccaccio. These stories, however are true.
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