"... 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.