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Europa Sacra (ES 10)
A. Prosperi
Infanticide, Secular Justice, and Religious Debate in Early Modern Europe

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VIII+407 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2016
ISBN: 978-2-503-53174-8
Languages: English
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This book focuses on an obscure case of infanticide from early modern Italy, in order to pursue a heated debate on the essence of life and the nature of the soul, where theological, moral, and scientific principles come into conflict.

On 5 December 1709, in Bologna, Lucia Cremonini is accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her newborn son. This tragic episode, exhumed from the depths of time, is placed at the centre of an enthralling study by one of the leading scholars of modern history and the history of religious beliefs. During the course of a dramatic trial the crime is debated by representatives of religious, philosophical, moral, and scientific culture, all characteristic of the formative period of the modern world and all seeking a convincing answer to fundamental questions. When does life begin? When can a human being first be described as such, so that his or her killing is a crime punishable by the maximum penalty? What is the true role of baptism in the formation of the human person? These are all highly topical questions in an age like our own, where belief is subject to the powerful assaults of scientific research and new questions are being raised about the essence and the limits of human existence.

This is a translation from the original Italian publication 'Dare l'anima' (Einaudi, 2005).

Translation by Hilary Siddons.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Part I. The Story

Chapter 1: From the Trial Records

Chapter 2: Infanticide as an Obsession

Chapter 3: Infanticide as a Social Practice: From a Sin to a Crime

Part II. The Mother

Chapter 4: Una figliola grande, giovane fatta (A Grown Girl, a Mature Young Woman)

Chapter 5: ‘A young priest’

Chapter 6: Il Carnevale prossimo passato (The Last Carnival past)

Chapter 7: ‘He robbed me of my honour and took my virginity’

Chapter 8: ‘I was always on my own’

Chapter 9: M’indussi col detto cortello a dare la morte a detto mio figlio partorito vivo mettendoli la punta di detto cortello nella gola (I Forced Myself with the Said Knife to Kill my Said Son whom I had given Birth to Alive, by putting the Point of the Said Knife into his Throat)

Part III. The Son: The Seed and the Soul

Chapter 10: Un puttino maschio (A Baby Boy)

Chapter 11: Ben compito in tutte le sue parti (Well-Formed in All Its Parts)

Chapter 12: A ‘Creature’ Without a Name, or When a Man is not a Man

Chapter 13: Baptism

Chapter 14: To Die Without a Soul

Chapter 15: Ensoulment

Chapter 16: The Person

Part IV. Justice

Chapter 17: The sentence: Ut moriatur et anima ab eius corpore separetur (That She Die and Her Soul be Separated from Her Body)

Chapter 18: Accolta e Consolata (Received and Consoled)

Chapter 19: Repentance and Forgiveness

Afterword

Bibliography

Interest Classification:
Philosophy
Branches of Philosophy
Ethics & moral philosophy
Social Sciences
Law
Sciences & Technology
Medicine
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines

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