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Tolerance, Regulation and Rescue: Dishonoured women and abandoned children in Italy, 1300-1800

Brian Pullan


This book seeks to contribute to Italian social history and to deepen understanding of Catholic charity and social policy in past times. It focuses on two groups of disreputable (or at least tarnished) women and children and on the arrangements made to discipline and care for them, both by public authorities and by voluntary organisations and would-be benefactors. The first group consisted of prostitutes, concubines, single mothers, estranged wives, and girls in moral danger. The second was composed of children, many born outside wedlock, who were abandoned by their blood parents, out of sham ... More

Keywords: prostitutes, concubines, abandoned children, sodomy, infanticide, tolerance, lesser evil, rescue, honour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781784991296
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784991296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Pullan, author