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Habitual Offenders: A True Tale of Nuns, Prostitutes, and Murderers in Seventeenth-Century Italy

Craig A. Monson

Abstract

This book reconstructs the case of two reformed prostitute nuns (“convertite”) who fled their convent in Bologna, Italy, in 1644 and whose garroted corpses were discovered in a cellar fifteen months later. The investigation of the crime in Bologna and Rome, at Pope Innocent X’s behest, was intended to implicate his enemy, sometime Bolognese papal legate, Cardinal Antonio Barberini, who eventually fled to France. This detailed micro-history of crime and punishment in seventeenth-century Italy examines life strategies among marginal figures (prostitutes, nuns, maidservants, mercenary soldiers, b ... More

Keywords: convertite, Bologna, crime and punishment, Innocent X, Antonio Barberini, seventeenth-century Italy, convents, micro-history, torture, prostitution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226335339
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226335476.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig A. Monson, author
Washington University