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Food and religious identities in the Venetian Inquisition, ca. 1560–ca. 1640

Barnett, Eleanor 2021. Food and religious identities in the Venetian Inquisition, ca. 1560–ca. 1640. Renaissance Quarterly 74 (1) , pp. 181-214. 10.1017/rqx.2020.312

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Through Venetian Inquisition trials relating to Protestantism, witchcraft, and Judaism, this article illuminates the centrality of food and eating practices to religious identity construction. The Holy Office used food to assert its model of post-Tridentine piety and the boundaries between Catholics and the non-Catholic populations in the city. These trial records concurrently act as access points to the experiences and beliefs—to the lived religion—of ordinary people living and working in Venice from 1560 to 1640. The article therefore offers new insight into the workings and impacts of the Counter-Reformation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0034-4338
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 February 2022
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2022 02:30

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