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Nefarious crimes, contested justice : illicit sex and infanticide in the Republic of Venice, 1557-1789, Joanne M. Ferraro

Label
Nefarious crimes, contested justice : illicit sex and infanticide in the Republic of Venice, 1557-1789
Title
Nefarious crimes, contested justice
Title remainder
illicit sex and infanticide in the Republic of Venice, 1557-1789
Statement of responsibility
Joanne M. Ferraro
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This captivating history exposes a clandestine world of family and community secrets--incest, abortion, and infanticide--in the early modern Venetian republic. With the keen eye of a detective, Joanne M. Ferraro follows the clues in individual cases from the criminal archives of Venice and reconstructs each one as the courts would have done according to the legal theory of the day. Lawmakers relied heavily on the depositions of family members, neighbors, and others in the community to establish the veracity of the victims' claims. Ferraro recounts this often colorful testimony, giving voice to the field workers, spinners, grocers, servants, concubines, midwives, physicians, and apothecaries who gave their evidence to the courts, sometimes shaping the outcomes of the investigations. Nefarious Crimes, Contested Justice also traces shifting attitudes toward illegitimacy and paternity from the late sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Both the Catholic Church and the Republic of Venice tried to enforce moral discipline and regulate sex and reproduction. Unmarried pregnant women were increasingly stigmatized for engaging in sex. Their claims for damages because of seduction or rape were largely unproven, and the priests and laymen they were involved with were often acquitted of any wrongdoing. The lack of institutional support for single motherhood and the exculpation of fathers frequently led to abortion, infant abandonment, or infant death. In uncovering these hidden sex crimes, Ferraro exposes the further abuse of women by both the men who perpetrated these illegal acts and the courts that prosecuted them
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ferraro, Joanne Marie
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ18.I75
LC item number
F47 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sex customs
  • Fornication
  • Unmarried mothers
  • Illegitimate children
  • Infanticide
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Fornication
  • Illegitimate children
  • Infanticide
  • Sex customs
  • Unmarried mothers
  • Sexualdelikt
  • Kindesmord
  • Geschichte
  • Kindesmord
  • Kriminalität
  • Sexualdelikt
  • Sexualität
  • Italy
  • Venedig
  • Venedig
  • Venedig
  • Venedig
  • Venedig
Label
Nefarious crimes, contested justice : illicit sex and infanticide in the Republic of Venice, 1557-1789, Joanne M. Ferraro
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sex and subjection in the Republic of Venice -- Family secrets : father-daughter incest -- Hidden crimes in a noble household -- Infant deaths and community secrets -- Defying scandal : priests and their lovers -- Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 248 pages
Isbn
9780801889875
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008006606
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)196305172
  • (OCoLC)ocn196305172
Label
Nefarious crimes, contested justice : illicit sex and infanticide in the Republic of Venice, 1557-1789, Joanne M. Ferraro
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sex and subjection in the Republic of Venice -- Family secrets : father-daughter incest -- Hidden crimes in a noble household -- Infant deaths and community secrets -- Defying scandal : priests and their lovers -- Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 248 pages
Isbn
9780801889875
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008006606
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)196305172
  • (OCoLC)ocn196305172

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