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.

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