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Confession and Criminal Justice in Late Medieval Italy: Siena, 1260-1330

Lidia Luisa Zanetti Domingues


This monograph provides an in-depth comparison of lay and religious sources produced in Siena (1260-1330) on criminal justice, conflict and violence. Two main trends have been highlighted in the development of criminal justice in late medieval Italy. Firstly, that the practice of revenge was still popular among members of all social classes. Secondly, that crime was increasingly perceived as a public matter that needed to be dealt with by the government, and not by private citizens. These two aspects are partly contradictory, and the extent to which these models reflect the reality of communal ... More

Keywords: Medieval History, Italian History, Penance, Violence, Criminal Justice, Siena, Tuscany, Religious History, Social History, Conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192844866
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192844866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lidia Luisa Zanetti Domingues, author
Past and Present Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London