Witchcraft and Sex Work in Renaissance Venice

During the witch trials that swept fifteenth and sixteenth-century Europe, Venice was one of the few cities where there were no executions for witchcraft. There were, however, practising witches. Some worked with the complicity of the Church, while others argued that their work was an extension of Catholic doctrine and therefore nothing wrong. A significant number of accused witches were also involved in sex work, or had clients who sought love spells. This lecture looks at what the accused witches did, why, and whether their efforts were successful.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Guido Ruggiero. Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the End of the Renaissance. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993
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31 Jul

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