By Cecilia Ferrazzi
Charged by means of the Venetian Inquisition with the wide awake and cynical feigning of holiness, Cecelia Ferrazzi (1609-1684) asked and acquired the remarkable chance to protect herself via a presentation of her existence tale. Ferrazzi's distinctive inquisitorial autobiography and the transcripts of her previous testimony, expertly transcribed and eloquently translated into English, let us input an unexpected quarter of the earlier and listen to 'another voice'—that of a humble Venetian girl who had outstanding reports and exhibited extraordinary courage.Born in 1609 into an artisan kinfolk, Cecilia Ferrazzi desired to turn into a nun. while her mom and dad' dying within the plague of 1630 made it financially very unlikely for her to go into the convent, she refused to marry and as a unmarried laywoman set out in pursuit of holiness. ultimately she improvised a vocation: operating homes of safe haven for "girls in danger," younger women susceptible to being lured into prostitution.Ferrazzi's common visions persuaded her, in addition to a few clerics and associates one of the Venetian elite, that she was once on target. The socially precious provider she was once supplying more advantageous this impresssion. no longer every person, even if, used to be confident that she was once a real favourite of God. In 1664 she used to be denounced to the Inquisition.The Inquisition convicted Ferrazzi of the pretense of sanctity. but her autobiographical act allows us to determine in vibrant aspect either the possibilities and the hindrances awarded to seventeenth-century ladies.
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In a carefully chosen foster home, shelter, or convent, their purity and hence their prospects were presumably secure. ' In San i\1arco Aspettl starleted aglOgraficl,ed Antonio Niero (Venice Marsrlio. 1996), pp. 97-109 16 She was baptized as Cecilia Corona In the church of San Lio on 20 April t 609, her father's profession was erroneously given as marangan (carpenter) Instead of casseler(boxmaker) and her mother's name as Nadalina rather than Maddalena (YeAP, San LIO, Battesimi t [t 566-1638J) These errors In the record of Cecrlra's baptism and the birth eighteen months later of a sister named Corona, who died on t 9 October 1614 (YeAP, San Lio Battesimi l , YeAP, Santa Manna, Morn 3), caused confusion dunng Cecrlra's tnal She was accused of lymg about her name as well as fergrung holmess 9 10 Introduction salvo (literally, "in safety") in the custody of people able and willing to protect her.
Lrnversrty of Californra Press, forthcorrung ) Testimony At thenext meetingof theHoly Officeon 23 June,theinquisitorinterrogated Florenadi AntonioForni,a nineteen-year-oldVenetiantL'omanwho had livedfor severalyearsinFerrazzi'shouseat Sant'Antoniodi Castellobeforeescapinga month Florenareiteratedand expanded earlierto thehomeof hersisterand brother-in-lau). Then Ferrazzi was broughtbackintocourt. " INTERROGATION 23 June 1664. ] Led from the prisons, the aforesaid lady Cecilia, etc.. , swore, etc.
To an older view that the should be on trial in to papal territory, of property. 12 Although In Del Col and Paolm, eds , L'Inqulslzlone 11 For a review of modern scholarship on Venice. " Atrr dell'AccademraPonttana, n s 20 (1970-71) 255-86 8 Introduction these disputes escalated into a major confrontation only once, in the Interdict Crisis of t 605-7, diplomatic dispatches and other documentary sources reveal constant tension in the relationship between Venice and the Holy See. Chief among the matters giving rise to such tension was the prosecution of heresy.
Autobiography of an Aspiring Saint (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) by Cecilia Ferrazzi