Two of the greatest American historians present a singular episode of blasphemy and repression in the Florentine Renaissance.
In Florence, during the summer 1501, a man named Antonio Rinaldeschi was arrested and hung for having thrown horse dung to an image of Our Lady displayed in a shrine. The punishment was very strict, even for those times, because the crimes which he was charged with (blasphemy and attended suicide) were not usually punished with a death sentence. Sacrilegio e Redenzione nella Firenze Rinascimentale [Sacrilege and Redemption in the Renaissance Florence] presents a series of new evidences related to this episode. The authors reveal how much the political and religious context of the Renaissance Florence influenced both on the death sentence of Rinaldeschi and on the creation of a new cult in memory of the episode, right in the center of the town, by the disciples of Savonarola.