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Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi (Essays and Studies, Vol. 8) Paperback – October 1, 2008


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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0772720304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0772720306
  • ASIN: 0772720401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... gem of a book, a microhistorical study of a crime and its punishment with far-reaching implications...." --Daniel W. Maze, Comitatus

"If...Antonio Rinaldeschi paid [with his life]..., fate has been more benevolent,... entrusting his memory to the penetrating minds and able pens of two great historians..." --Paola Maffei, Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung

"Das Buch ist ein mikrohistorisches Kabinettstück, das einen eng begrenzten, aber hoch intensive Einblick in das Leben und Sterben im damaligen Florenz gestattet."
--Wolfgang Reinhard, Historische Zeitschrift

"They demonstrate how assiduous researchers can generate a mass of material on a relatively insignificant person ... to sketch a biography and illuminate popular religious behavior...." --James R. Banker, Journal of Modern History

"... a wonderful example of the art and science of history..." --Jacqueline Murray, Quaderni d'italianistica

Connell and Constable's scholarship is impeccable throughout. They move deftly between the details of Rinaldeschi's case and broadbrush description of the forces shaping Florence in 1501. --Alistair Sooke,Times Literary Supplement

The authors' studied consideration of the sources will serve as a fine example of historical scholarship for students. --Thomas Kuehn, Renaissance Quarterly

If in life Rinaldeschi 'paid in cash,' as stated in a marginal note in the register of the condemned,... fate has been benevolent to his memory, entrusting it to the penetrating minds and able pens of two great historians, who have known how to confer the lightness of a novella on a masterly work of scholarship. --Paola Maffei, Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung

About the Author

William J. Connell, professor of history, holds the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair in Italian Studies at Seton Hall University. Giles Constable is retired professor of history at the Institute for Advanced Study and former H.C. Lea Professor of Medieval History at Harvard University and director of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.

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A fascinating short story - told in pictures to churchgoers in Florence to encourage better behaviour from the others! Poor Rinaldeschi lost his money at a gambling table , his temper with the Madonna , was chased across Tuscany , and tried to kill himself when caught - curiously it was the attempted suicide that was the sin they hung him for ...I guess he got what he wanted in the end? In the final chapter of the picture devils and angels take bets for his soul...!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By southwest reader on October 14, 2007
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This little book tells a fascinating story about crime and punishment, sin and repentance in Renaissance Florence. When last in Florence I visited many of the places mentioned, almost all of which are still in existence.

The book might be a little academic for many readers, but for anyone who loves Florence this story is a reminder that religion was still an overwhelming force in daily life. A good companion would be Lauro Martines, Fire in the City, about Savonarola.
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