Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the End of the Renaissance

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byGuido Ruggiero

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Mining the rich Venetian archives, especially the unusually detailed records of Venice's own branch of the Roman Inquisition, Guido Ruggiero provides a strikingly new and provocative interpretation of the end of the Renaissance in Italy. In this boldly structured work, he develops fivenarrative accounts of individual encounters with the Inquisition that illustrate the double-edged metaphor of how passions were both bound by late Renaissance society and were seen in turn as binding people. In this way new perspectives are opened on magic, witchcraft, love, marriage, gender, anddiscipline at the level of the community and beyond. Witches, courtesans, prostitutes, women healers, nobles, Cardinals, and renegade priests and monks speak from these pages describing their lives, beliefs, hopes, fears, and lies. With an imaginative flair for storytelling and impeccablescholarship, Ruggiero exposes the rich complexity of the culture and poetics of the everyday at the end of the Renaissance and illuminates a previously unexplored chapter in Italian history.

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Mining the rich Venetian archives, especially the unusually detailed records of Venice's own branch of the Roman Inquisition, Guido Ruggiero provides a strikingly new and provocative interpretation of the end of the Renaissance in Italy. In this boldly structured work, he develops fivenarrative accounts of individual encounters with th...

Guido Ruggiero is at University of Connecticut.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 6.14 × 9.17 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195083202

ISBN - 13:9780195083200

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"Another stimulating and provocative study of the boundaries of behavior and belief in early modern Venice...This book will certainly be of interest not only to historians but also to literary scholars and art historians."--Rivista Di Studi Italiani