The Boundaries of Eros: Sex Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice

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Oxford University Press, 1989 - History - 223 pages
Utilizing the records of several Venetian courts that dealt with sex crimes, Ruggiero traces the evolution of both licit and illicit sexuality during the 14th and 15th centuries. He argues that the use of such records reveals not only the nature of sexual behaviour that was considered criminal, but also what society established as the norm. Through this examination of illicit sexuality, Ruggiero sheds light on the institutions, languages, social life and values not only of this shadow-culture, but also of Venetian society and, ultimately, the Renaissance itself.
 

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Contents

The Sexual Environment of Renaissance Venice An Introduction
3
Fornication and Then Marriage
16
Adultery Marriage and Sex
45
Sex Crimes against God
70
Violence and Sexuality Rape
89
Sodom and Venice
109
Perspectives on Normal Sexuality An Essay
146
Notes
169
Bibliographic Essay
199
Bibliography
207
Index
213
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Guido Ruggiero is at University of Connecticut.

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