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By L. McGough

A distinct learn of ways syphilis, greater referred to as the French illness within the 16th and 17th centuries, turned so frequent and embedded within the society, tradition and associations of early glossy Venice a result of development of sexual kinfolk that built from restrictive marital customs, common migration and male privilege.

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During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, rapes were committed by men of every social rank against women of every social rank.

1057/9780230298071 - Gender, Sexuality, and Syphilis in Early Modern Venice, Laura J. 28 Each of these possible endings will be discussed below, after explaining the methodological significance of these records. For this chapter, I have used the trial records of the Holy Office from 1570 to 1650 (cases from 1593 to 1610 are missing from the archive), the sentences from the Esecutori contra la Bestemmia, and the records from the Health Office (the Sanità). 29 That traces of these relationships exist in the records of several bureaucratic offices, state and ecclesiastical, and in different contexts provides strong evidence that intimate relationships outside of marriage were not uncommon.

Politically, Venice was a closed society that took great efforts to preserve the political privileges of the few. Part of the Venetian patriciate’s strategy to maintain power for the few was to restrict ways of acquiring noble status through marriage and reproduction. The political mythology of a “pure” ruling class was literally enacted by informally adopting endogamous practices in the fourteenth century, then by making endogamy part of the constitutional principles of government in a series of laws passed during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

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