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Habitual offenders : a true tale of nuns, prostitutes, and murderers in seventeenth-century Italy

Author: Craig Monson
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2016. ©2016
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"In April 1644, two nuns fled Bologna’s convent for reformed prostitutes. A perfunctory archiepiscopal investigation went nowhere, and the nuns were quickly forgotten. By June of the next year, however, an overwhelming stench drew a woman to the wine cellar of her Bolognese townhouse, reopened after a two-year absence—where to her horror she discovered the eerily intact, garroted corpses of the two missing women.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Monson
ISBN: 9780226335339 022633533X
OCLC Number: 919341796
Description: xvii, 333 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Bologna. Airing dirty linen ; A tale of two sisters ; The soldier of misfortune and the tailor's son ; A grave mistake ; Pas devant les domestiques ; Novus homo ; Light at the top of the stairs --
Rome. Dragnet ; Cat and mouse games ; Home court advantage --
Bologna. "In this town they're all malicious liars!" ; "I don't know this Suor Laura Vittoria!" ; "Se sara fatto pamphilio / I Barberini Andrano in Esilio" ; "A few days in jail for love of me" ; Return to the scene of the crime ; A gentleman never tells ; Unfinished business.
Responsibility: Craig A. Monson.

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"In April 1644, two nuns fled Bologna’s convent for reformed prostitutes. A perfunctory archiepiscopal investigation went nowhere, and the nuns were quickly forgotten. By June of the next year, however, an overwhelming stench drew a woman to the wine cellar of her Bolognese townhouse, reopened after a two-year absence—where to her horror she discovered the eerily intact, garroted corpses of the two missing women. Drawing on over four thousand pages of primary sources, the intrepid Craig A. Monson reconstructs this fascinating history of crime and punishment in seventeenth-century Italy. Along the way, he explores Italy’s back streets and back stairs, giving us access to voices we rarely encounter in conventional histories: prostitutes and maidservants, mercenaries and bandits, along with other “dubious” figures negotiating the boundaries of polite society..."--Publisher description.

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