By Nicholas Terpstra
the most textual content is a guide, translated in English for the 1st time, on easy methods to convenience a guy in his final hours earlier than beheading or striking. It turned an influential textual content used throughout Renaissance Italy. A moment long piece supplies an eyewitness account of the ultimate hours of 2 patrician Florentines performed for conspiracy opposed to the Medici in 1512. Shorter items contain poems written via prisoners at the eve in their execution, songs sung through the condemned and their comforters, and well known broadsheets reporting on specific executions. it's richly illustrated with the small panel work that have been thrust into prisoners’ faces to distract them as they made the general public trip to the gallows.
Six interdisciplinary essays clarify the contexts and meanings of those writings and of execution rituals typically. They discover the relation of execution rituals to overdue medieval highway theater, using artwork to convenience the condemned, the literature that issued from prisons at the hands of condemned prisoners, the theological concerns round public executions within the Renaissance, the mental dimensions of the comforting method, and a few of the social, political, and historic dimensions of executions and comforting in Renaissance Italy.
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The Art of Executing Well: Rituals of Execution in Renaissance Italy (Early Modern Studies Book 1) by Nicholas Terpstra