Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta and Factions in Friuli during the Renaissance
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Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta and Factions in Friuli during the Renaissance

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Nobles were slaughtered and their castles looted or destroyed, bodies were dismembered and corpses fed to animals—the Udine carnival massacre of 1511 was the most extensive and damaging popular revolt in Renaissance Italy (and the basis for the story of Romeo and Juliet). Mad Blood Stirring is a gripping account and analysis of this event, as well as the social structures...more
Paperback, Abridged, 240 pages
Published May 18th 1998 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1993)
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The book gives the reader a proper insight of the events that led to the Blood Carnival in Udine and the later outcomes of the same event. In itself the event itseld is not important, however without it a researcher/academic wouldn't have the motivation of looking into deep on the reasons and consequences this bloodshed consitutes within the Reneissance time and the area of (patria del) Friuli.

Certainly, a must read, especially for scholars/adacemics/researchers of Early Modern Europe and Reneis...more
Good, but suprisingly dry considering the subject matter: vendetta and factional violence (interspersed with actual warfare) in the Venetian territory of Friuli building up to the "Cruel Carnival" (with its attendant massacres, lootings, peasant uprsings, arson and assorted atrocities - including a good bit of feeding victims bodies to dogs or pigs - and in at least one incident both animals simultaneously) in 1511. The author also covers the aftermath (social, political and judicial) of the inc...more
As it turns out, vendettas were pretty badass. This book's a pretty good read, and not too difficult at all. If you're a sucker for the darker side of history, this is probably right up your alley.
Generally pretty good - would have given it 3.5 stars if I could. A little too much on the imagery of dogs eating corpses for true bedtime reading, though.
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