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Saints, women and humanists in renaissance Venice.


Saints, women and humanists in renaissance Venice.

Labalme, Patricia H.

Ashgate Publishing Co.


268 pages




The subject of all of the articles by the late Patricia Labalme reprinted here is Renaissance Venice. These papers were published between 1955-1999 in various journals and collections. They fit well together as a whole as something of an encomium to the city. There are several portraits of individuals, such as the satirist Pietro Arentino and the first woman to receive a doctorate, Elena Piscopia. The role of women in Venice is considered, as well as three seventeenth century publications by female writers and feminists. The complexity of Venetian law and governance and their relationship to the Church is shown in several of the essays, particularly a lengthy one on the enforcement of laws against sodomy committed on either sex. The public nature of justice also plays a role in the final article on the many open ceremonies involved in a wedding between noble Venetians. Scholars will appreciate this volume, which makes Labalme's monographs accessible.

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Date:Aug 1, 2010
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