Ritual Pillages in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Carlo Ginzburg, University of Bologna
This seminar concentrated on urban violence related to particular periods and events; for example, the destruction of buildings seen as symbols of power, and pillages, particularly those against Jews, that accompanied elections of new popes, deaths of popes, and the accession to power of secular princes. These events provide clues to understanding the relationship between religious and political authorities and urban crowds. Participants used both printed and manuscript sources, including chronicles, judicial records, and contemporary accounts. The relationship between these events and rites of passage were explored to assess how anthropological categories can serve as tools for understanding historical evidence.
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