By Guido Ruggiero
Mining the wealthy Venetian records, specially the strangely unique documents of Venice's personal department of the Roman Inquisition, Guido Ruggiero presents a strikingly new and provocative interpretation of the tip of the Renaissance in Italy. during this boldly established paintings, he develops 5 narrative bills of person encounters with the Inquisition that illustrate the double-edged metaphor of ways passions have been either sure by means of overdue Renaissance society and have been visible in flip as binding humans. during this method new views are opened on magic, witchcraft, love, marriage, gender, and self-discipline on the point of the neighborhood and past. Witches, courtesans, prostitutes, girls healers, nobles, Cardinals, and renegade monks and clergymen converse from those pages describing their lives, ideals, hopes, fears, and lies. With an resourceful aptitude for storytelling and impeccable scholarship, Ruggiero exposes the wealthy complexity of the tradition and poetics of the typical on the finish of the Renaissance and illuminates a formerly unexplored bankruptcy in Italian history.