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Publisher Comments:

Charged by the Venetian Inquisition with the conscious and cynical feigning of holiness, Cecelia Ferrazzi (1609-1684) requested and obtained the unprecedented opportunity to defend herself through a presentation of her life story. Ferrazzi's unique inquisitorial autobiography and the transcripts of her preceding testimony, expertly transcribed and eloquently translated into English, allow us to enter an unfamiliar sector of the past and hear 'another voice'—that of a humble Venetian woman who had extraordinary experiences and exhibited exceptional courage.

Born in 1609 into an artisan family, Cecilia Ferrazzi wanted to become a nun. When her parents' death in the plague of 1630 made it financially impossible for her to enter the convent, she refused to marry and as a single laywoman set out in pursuit of holiness. Eventually she improvised a vocation: running houses of refuge for "girls in danger," young women at risk of being lured into prostitution.

Ferrazzi's frequent visions persuaded her, as well as some clerics and acquaintances among the Venetian elite, that she was on the right track. The socially valuable service she was providing enhanced this impresssion. Not everyone, however, was convinced that she was a genuine favorite of God. In 1664 she was denounced to the Inquisition.

The Inquisition convicted Ferrazzi of the pretense of sanctity. Yet her autobiographical act permits us to see in vivid detail both the opportunities and the obstacles presented to seventeenth-century women.

Synopsis:

Introduction to the SeriesList of AbbreviationsIntroductionThe Other VoiceRoman Inquisition and VenicePurity and DangerWriting and SpeakingPower and ObediencePretenseAftermathNote on the TranslationTestimony of Ferrazzi Preceding Her AutobiographyFirst InterrogationSecond InterrogationThird InterrogationFourth InterrogationAutobiography of Cecilia FerrazziAppendix 1- Persons Mentioned in the TextAppendix 2- Places Mentioned in the TextGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 91-96) and index.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

The Other Voice

Roman Inquisition and Venice

Purity and Danger

Writing and Speaking

Power and Obedience

Pretense

Aftermath

Note on the Translation

Testimony of Ferrazzi Preceding Her Autobiography

First Interrogation

Second Interrogation

Third Interrogation

Fourth Interrogation

Autobiography of Cecilia Ferrazzi

Appendix 1- Persons Mentioned in the Text

Appendix 2- Places Mentioned in the Text

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226244471
Editor:
Schutte, Anne Jacobson
Author:
Ferrazzi, Cecilia
Author:
Ferrazzi, Cecelia
Author:
Schutte, Anne Jacobson
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Roman Catholicism
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Catholics
Subject:
Venice
Subject:
Inquisition
Subject:
Venice (Italy) Biography.
Subject:
Inquisition -- Italy -- Venice -- History -- 17th century -- Sources.
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Ferrazzi, Cecilia
Subject:
Catholics -- Italy -- Venice -- Biography.
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Other Voice in Early Modern Europe
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone, 1 map
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Introduction to the SeriesList of AbbreviationsIntroductionThe Other VoiceRoman Inquisition and VenicePurity and DangerWriting and SpeakingPower and ObediencePretenseAftermathNote on the TranslationTestimony of Ferrazzi Preceding Her AutobiographyFirst InterrogationSecond InterrogationThird InterrogationFourth InterrogationAutobiography of Cecilia FerrazziAppendix 1- Persons Mentioned in the TextAppendix 2- Places Mentioned in the TextGlossaryBibliographyIndex
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