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Title:One community's secret : incest and infanticide in the late sixteenth-century Veneto
Authors:Ferraro, Joanne Marie (Author)
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Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FHŠ - Faculty of Humanities
Abstract:For six years one small community of rustics working on a Venetian patrician's landed estate in the province of Padua kept a horrible secret: one of the field workers was fathering children with his daughter and then murdering them. A bounty hunter, hungry for a cash reward, turned the village gossip to his advantage, denouncing the affair to the Venetian Podestà, who set out to punish the "monstruous delinquents and abominable sinners" and restore Divine Law. This article analyzes the criminal inquiry, highlighting the testimonies of the accused, their neighbors, and their kin to reveal the ambiguities surrounding deviant behavior. The Venetian Podestà could not comprehend why no one, including the village priest, had denounced such obviously grave crimes to the state. Community members, on the other hand, were intent on keeping the incest and infanticide a secret because cohesion was more important to their collective livelihood and reputation than abuse and sin
Keywords:family secrets, infanticide, gossip, community solidarity, perceptions of behaviour
Year of publishing:2007
Publisher:Zgodovinsko društvo za Južno Primorsko
Number of pages:str. 441-452
Numbering:Letn. 15, št. 2
COBISS_ID:1419475 Link is opened in a new window
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Title:incest and infanticide in the late sixteenth-century Veneto
Keywords:družinske skrivnosti, detomor, govorice, skupnostna solidarnost, percepcije vedenja


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