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The Medieval Prison:
A Social History
G. Geltner

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
A Note on Dates and Money xiii
Prologue xv

Introduction 1
Chapter One: Italian Prisons: Three Profi les 11
Venice 12
Florence 17
Bologna 21
Conclusions 27

Chapter Two: Aspects of Imprisonment 28
Urban Development 28
Administration and Bureaucracy 33
Finance and Economy 38
Punitive Imprisonment: Jurisprudence, Legislation, and Practice 44
Conclusions 54

Chapter Three: Prison Life 57
The Terror of Arrest 58
First Nights 61
Familiar Order: The Wards 63
Daily Life: Order and Dissidence 67
The World Outside 71
The Journey's End: Death, Escape, Release 74
Conclusions 80

Chapter Four: The Prison as Place and Metaphor 82
Early Imaginaries: Martyrdom, Monasticism, and Purgation 83
Excursus: Jail-Breaking Saints 86
From Purgation to Purgatory: God's Great Prison 88
This World and the Next: The Urban Prison 89
Conclusions 98

Conclusion: "Marginalizing" Institutions, Instituting Marginality 100
Appendix One: A Prison Inventory from Bologna, 1305 110
Appendix Two: Poems from the Prison 112
Appendix Three: Le Stinche, a Reconstruction 122
Abbreviations and Archives 125

Notes 131
Bibliography 171
Index 195

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