By Cecilia Ferrazzi

ISBN-10: 0226244466

ISBN-13: 9780226244464

ISBN-10: 0226244482

ISBN-13: 9780226244488

Charged through the Venetian Inquisition with the wakeful and cynical feigning of holiness, Cecelia Ferrazzi (1609-1684) asked and bought the unheard of chance to shield herself via a presentation of her lifestyles tale. Ferrazzi's specified inquisitorial autobiography and the transcripts of her previous testimony, expertly transcribed and eloquently translated into English, let us input an strange region of the previous and listen to 'another voice'—that of a humble Venetian lady who had outstanding reviews and exhibited extraordinary courage.Born in 1609 into an artisan family members, Cecilia Ferrazzi desired to turn into a nun. while her mom and dad' dying within the plague of 1630 made it financially very unlikely for her to go into the convent, she refused to marry and as a unmarried laywoman set out in pursuit of holiness. ultimately she improvised a vocation: working homes of safe haven for "girls in danger," younger women susceptible to being lured into prostitution.Ferrazzi's widespread visions persuaded her, in addition to a few clerics and buddies one of the Venetian elite, that she was once on course. The socially useful carrier she used to be offering more suitable this impresssion. no longer each person, notwithstanding, was once confident that she was once a real favourite of God. In 1664 she was once denounced to the Inquisition.The Inquisition convicted Ferrazzi of the pretense of sanctity. but her autobiographical act allows us to work out in brilliant element either the possibilities and the hindrances awarded to seventeenth-century ladies.

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In this game, they set the rules and could arbitrarily change them. Once she was denounced to the Inquisition, Ferrazzi came under the control of still other superiors, the inquisitor and his colleagues. These men had the power to determine where and how she spent the rest of her earthly life. They also exerted control over the image she had crafted for herself and projected to the public-a self-construction that had enabled her to rise above her station and find a place for herself in the world as a respected single woman providing a valuable social service.

Once she was denounced to the Inquisition, Ferrazzi came under the control of still other superiors, the inquisitor and his colleagues. These men had the power to determine where and how she spent the rest of her earthly life. They also exerted control over the image she had crafted for herself and projected to the public-a self-construction that had enabled her to rise above her station and find a place for herself in the world as a respected single woman providing a valuable social service. " This category of heresy had been articulated in the sixteenth century by Spanish inquisitors investigating beatas,"semi-religious" women who made informal, nonbinding vows to live chastely and austerely in the world.

T 9 On this incident. lrnversrty of Californra Press, forthcorrung ) Testimony At thenext meetingof theHoly Officeon 23 June,theinquisitorinterrogated Florenadi AntonioForni,a nineteen-year-oldVenetiantL'omanwho had livedfor severalyearsinFerrazzi'shouseat Sant'Antoniodi Castellobeforeescapinga month Florenareiteratedand expanded earlierto thehomeof hersisterand brother-in-lau). Then Ferrazzi was broughtbackintocourt. " INTERROGATION 23 June 1664. ] Led from the prisons, the aforesaid lady Cecilia, etc..

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