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By Cecilia Ferrazzi

ISBN-10: 0226244466

ISBN-13: 9780226244464

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 safeguard herself via a presentation of her existence tale. Ferrazzi's certain inquisitorial autobiography and the transcripts of her previous testimony, expertly transcribed and eloquently translated into English, let us input an surprising region of the prior and listen to 'another voice'—that of a humble Venetian girl who had striking reports and exhibited unprecedented braveness. Born in 1609 into an artisan kinfolk, Cecilia Ferrazzi desired to develop into a nun. while her mom and dad' loss of life within the plague of 1630 made it financially most unlikely for her to go into the convent, she refused to marry and as a unmarried laywoman set out in pursuit of holiness. finally she improvised a vocation: working homes of shelter for ''girls in danger,'' younger women vulnerable to being lured into prostitution. Ferrazzi's widespread visions persuaded her, in addition to a few clerics and pals one of the Venetian elite, that she was once on track. The socially precious carrier she was once delivering more suitable this impresssion. no longer every body, although, used to be confident that she used to be 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 determine in brilliant aspect either the possibilities and the stumbling blocks awarded to seventeenth-century girls.

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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.

Among the many thousands Ferrazzi's story twice, first and then as she chose to recount it, retelling it here would be superfluous. A more pressing task is to set her autobiography in context by exploring the circumstances she not been put on trial by the Inquisition, mitted the "autobiographical agenda, therefore, in which she produced Ferrazzi would never have com- act"? in a form accessible is an introduction it. Had to us. First on our to the Roman Inquisition and its opera- tion in Venice.

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.

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