By Joanne M. Ferraro
According to a desirable physique of formerly unexamined archival fabric, this e-book brings to existence the misplaced voices of standard Venetians in the course of the age of Catholic revival. taking a look at scripts that have been delivered to the city's ecclesiastical courts by means of spouses trying to annul their marriage vows, this e-book opens up the emotional global of intimacy and clash, sexuality, and dwelling preparations that didn't healthy normative types of marriage.
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2 It is possible that he was interested in regularizing his marital status before God. Many couples, living in uncertain marital legitimacy, turned to the Patriarchal Court, expressing fear of divine retribution. Angelo, however, was also interested in his temporal status and in defending his honor and integrity before the Vene- Facing page: Giovanni Antonio Fasolo (1530–1572). Stolen Embrace (c. 1568–1570). Vicenza, Villa Caldogno Nordera. Photo: Foto Archivio Storico Trevigiano/Provincia di Treviso/Assessorato alla Cultura.
Thus, for many years, the number of marriages relative to the total population of the parish added up to less than a percentage point. 11 Marriage was for those whose ﬁnancial capacities permitted it. Noble families practiced restricted marriage to conserve wealth, whereas common folk depended on scraping together a living to start a household. This by no means meant that people did not pair off. As our stories reveal, many had common-law marriages, rather than the legitimate unions that would be entered in the parish registers.
Stolen Embrace (c. 1568–1570). Vicenza, Villa Caldogno Nordera. Photo: Foto Archivio Storico Trevigiano/Provincia di Treviso/Assessorato alla Cultura. While Camilla portrayed him as vile and cowardly, he insisted he was an honest Christian who earned a living by his trade and whose wife had willingly abandoned him for a life of prostitution. ” But the witnesses from the Venetian community, crucial censors of family behavior, did not corroborate Angelo’s story. 3 Among the worst fates that could befall a woman was to become a prostitute.