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- DescriptionIn the summer of 1785, in the city of Venice, a wealthy 60-year-old man was arrested and accused of a scandalous offense: having sexual relations with the 8-year-old daughter of an impoverished laundress. Although the sexual abuse of children was probably t uncommon in early modern Europe, it is largely undocumented, and the concept of child abuse did t yet exist. The case of Paolina Lozaro and Gaeta Franceschini came before Venice's unusual blasphemy tribunal, the Bestemmia, which heard testimony from an entire neighborhood--from the parish priest to the madam of the local brothel.
Paolina's Incence considers Franceschini's conduct in the context of the libertinism of Casava and also employs other prominent contemporaries--Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Carlo Goldoni, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cesare Beccaria, and the Marquis de Sade--as points of reference for understanding the case and broader issues of libertinism, sexual crime, childhood, and child abuse in the 18th century.
- Author BiographyLarry Wolff is Professor of History at New York University and Director of the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. His most recent book is The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture (Stanford, 2010).
- Author(s)Larry Wolff
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication15/09/2012
- SubjectChristianity: General
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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