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Renaissance Mass Murder: Civilians and Soldiers During the Italian Wars

Stephen D. Bowd


Renaissance Mass Murder explores the devastating impact of war on the men and women of the Renaissance. In contrast to the picture of balance and harmony usually associated with the Renaissance, it uncovers in forensic detail a world in which sacks of Italian cities and massacres of civilians at the hands of French, German, Spanish, Swiss, and Italian troops were regular occurrences. The arguments presented are based on a wealth of evidence—histories and chronicles, poetry and paintings, sculpture and other objects—which together provide a new and startling history of sixteenth-century Italy a ... More

Keywords: war, violence, civilians, soldiers, Italy, Renaissance, sacks, murder, rape, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198832614
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198832614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen D. Bowd, author
Professor of Early Modern History, University of Edinburgh

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