Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi

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Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2005 - Florence (Italy) - 125 pages
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In Florence, in the summer of 1501, a man named Antonio Rinaldeschi was arrested and hanged after throwing horse dung at an outdoor painting of the Virgin Mary. His punishment was severe, even for the times, and the crimes with which he was formally charged, gambling, blasphemy and attempted suicide, did not normally warrant the death penalty. Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence unveils a series of newly discovered sources concerning this striking episode. The authors show how the political and religious context of Renaissance Florence resulted both in Rinaldeschi's death sentence and in the creation by the followers of Savonarola of a new religious devotion, in the heart of the city, commemorating the event. --

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A Note on Chronology
The Nature of the Offence
The Context of Florentine History
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William J. Connell holds the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair in Italian Studies at Seton Hall University and is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He is coeditor of "Florentine Tuscany: Structures and Practices of Power "(2000), author of "La citta dei crucci: fazioni e clientele in uno stato repubblicano del '400 "(2000), and coeditor of "Renaissance Essays "(1993).