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Prostitution and Violence from the Ponte delle Tette to the Ponte dei Pugni

Core Readings (see also the bibliographies for Prostitution and Violence)

Chambers, David, and Brian Pullan (eds), Venice: A Documentary History 1450-1630 (Oxford, 1992; rept. Toronto, 2001), pp. 87-91, 120-130.

Dall'Aglio, Stefano, The Duke's Assassin: Exile and Death of Lorenzino de' Medici, trans. Donald Weinstein (New Haven, 2015)

Davis, Robert C., 'The Police and the Pugni: Sport and Social Control in Early-Modern Venice', Stanford Humanities Review 6.2 (1998)

Davis, Robert C., 'The Trouble with Bulls: The Cacce dei Tori in Early Modern Venice', Histoire Sociale/Social History 29 (1996), 275-90

Davis, Robert C., The War of the Fists: Popular Culture and Public Violence in Late Renaissance Venice (New York, 1994)

Medici, Lorenzino de', Apology for a Murder, foreword by Tim Parks, trans. Andrew Brown (London, 2004) [Read the account of Francesco Bibboni of his murder of Lorenzino de' Medici]


Bullfight in Campo S. Polo, 17th century

Cadorin, Matteo, Bullfight in Piazza San Marco, 17th century

Frontispiece of Alessandro Caravia, La verra antìga de castellani, canaruoli, e gnatti, con la morte di Giurco e Gnani (Venice, 1550)

Habiti d'uomini e donne Venetiane con la processione ... / La Battagliola (The Battle of the Sticks) (Venice, 1610)

Johnston, Hannah, 'A Sexual Tour of Venice: Mapping a Sixteenth-Century Catalogue of Courtesans' History, 5 January 2022

Medal commemorating the murder of Alessandro de' Medici, duke of Florence by Lorenzino de' Medici in 1537

Alessandro Caravia, La verra antiga de castellani, canaruoli, e gnatti, con la morte di Giurco e Gnani (Venice, 1550)