Stone Laws

Leggi in Lapide: Zones of Exclusion and Control in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Florence

Julia Rombough, formerly a graduate research assistant at DECIMA and currently assistant professor of Gender History at Cape Breton University, produced the following map to demonstrate how the Florentine authorities segmented the streetscape into zones of licit and illicit activities. Her research is based on so-called ‘stone laws’ – wall-mounted tabled announcing the prohibition of certain activities like ball-playing and prostitution – some of which remain visible to the present day. Set in relief by DECIMA’s data on the residences inhabited by prostitutes, for example, Prof. Rombough’s Leggi in Lapide project looks into how these spreading zones of exclusion affected the lived experience of early modern Florence.

Professor Rombough’s research will soon be published in the JUH, etc. etc.

Professor Julia Rombough

Cape Breton University

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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