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Love and Death in Renaissance Italy

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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 155 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by University Of Chicago Press
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Petruccio Hambasket IV
God is in the details.

If you aren't willing to put any trust into this idea I can only suggest you turn far far away from this bundle of sexual microhistories the undeniably eccentric Dr. Cohen has on display for us. This is not just because the particular 'microhistory' itself is composed of an enormous amount of combed legal and social particulars, it's also because the final product, when bandaged together, can not avoid employing the reader with the duty of sifting through competing circums
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Shelves: history-european
I didn't enjoy this. I found the author's language artificial and occasionally overblown. The stories--which should have intrigued me--just didn't. I haven't been able to figure out why which I have tried to since the reviews were so overwhelmingly positive.
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Oct 21, 2013 Rosa rated it really liked it
3.7 stars, a case or two more would have been lovely, maybe more delving into Renaissance legal practices. Not too dry for a non-fiction either.
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