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Nefarious Crimes in Venice


This week in Reviews in History Alexander Cowan reviews Joanne Ferraro’s new book Nefarious Crimes, Contested Justice. Illicit Sex and Infanticide in the Republic of Venice 1557-1789, which deals with taboos that contemporaries scarcely spoke about or recorded: incest, domestic abuse and infanticide. The result is a fascinating and stimulating study which will provoke a great deal of further research, and which illuminates a world which most of its inhabitants would have preferred to have kept hidden.

See here for the full review.

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