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By L. McGough

A distinct examine of the way syphilis, greater referred to as the French affliction within the 16th and 17th centuries, grew to become so common and embedded within the society, tradition and associations of early smooth Venice as a result of trend of sexual family members that built from restrictive marital customs, common migration and male privilege.

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6%) attributed to the French disease were either wives or widows. 2). The high proportion of married women and widows among the deaths suggests that the French disease was endemic, rather than confined to certain sub-populations. 13 Women’s occupations were recorded only in the case of servants, of whom there were three. The French disease was regarded as chronic rather than acute, but capable of causing early death, according to the data recorded. Age of death and perceived length of illness varied, but typically patients survived until their late thirties or early forties after a long illness.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 30 therefore draws insights from, rather than rigorously applying, social network analysis. 49 Aside from these important exceptions, however, sexual relationships in Venice developed within the widespread social networks that linked different social class, ethnicities, neighborhoods and even cities. Intimacy among the working classes Impermanence: Mobility and early death As a center of trade and industry, Venice attracted skilled and unskilled workers, female and male, from its territories on the mainland as well as from other city-states, with large numbers from the Veneto, Friuli, Lombardy, and the Istrian coast.

Mistakenly referring to all of these women as prostitutes leads to an exaggeration of the numbers of women involved in prostitution and its role in the transmission of disease. My contribution to the lively scholarship on sexuality and intimate relationships in early modern Venice is to argue that Venice developed a pattern of sexual relationships or sexual networks that linked different sub-populations and facilitated the transmission of disease, thereby shifting attention from prostitution alone.

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