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The Justice of Venice: Authorities and Liberties in the Urban Economy, 1550-1700

James E Shaw


The rulers of Venice prided themselves on their unique brand of justice, which was a source of both ridicule and admiration for foreign commentators. This book uncovers what this special justice meant for ordinary subjects by studying the history of one of the oldest magistracies of the city, a body responsible for handling petty market crime and small-claims litigation. It examines how changing ideas about justice at the level of the political elite were related to judicial and policing practices in the courtroom and on the street. The book shows how failure to invest in the state bureaucracy ... More

Keywords: Venice, magistracies, petty crime, small claims, political elite, judicial practices, state bureaucracy, corruption, guilds, civil justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263778
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James E Shaw, author
Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Sheffield