Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

Contumacy, Defense Strategy, and Criminal Law in Late Medieval Italy


It is easy to imagine that on this early morning in 1395, Antonius, realizing the magnitude of his actions, had little time to fabricate a defense or construct a plan. In late fourteenth-century Reggio Emilia, flight was often the most desirable path open to those suspected of perpetrating felonies. Subsequent witnesses in this murder investigation speculated that Antonius fled the territory of the Villa de Vetto before the first light of day less to evade the law than to avoid the wrath of Caterina's relatives. Propelled by the need to escape retribution, Antonius, like almost half the defendants cited by the criminal court of Reggio Emilia, fled rather than appear before the criminal judge.

Corresponding author
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

Trevor Dean , “Criminal Justice in Mid-Fifteenth Century Bologna,” in Crime, Society and the Law in Renaissance Italy, eds. Trevor Dean and Kate Lowe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 38–9

Trevor Dean , Crime and Justice in Late Medieval Italy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 21

Lauro Martines , Lawyers and Statecraft in Renaissance Florence (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968), 408–9

Thomas Kuehn , Heirs, Kin and Creditors in Renaissance Florence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 43, 70

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Law and History Review
  • ISSN: 0738-2480
  • EISSN: 1939-9022
  • URL: /core/journals/law-and-history-review
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 1
Total number of PDF views: 10 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 53 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 23rd May 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.