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Guido Ruggiero is a notable microhistorian and professor and chair of the University of Miami History Department. His most notable work is Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage and Power from the End of the Renaissance which discusses tales of witchcraft and love magic in early modern Venice.

Life & careerEdit

Ruggiero was born in Danbury, Connecticut and grew up in Webster, New York, a small rural town along the old shore line of Lake Ontario. After earning a B.A. with a heavy focus on ancient history and philosophy at the University of Colorado, he went on to UCLA where as a University of California Regent's Intern Fellow he earned an M.A. (1967) and a Ph.D. (1972). As a Regent's Fellow he began his long love affair with Venice and the Venetian Archives in 1970 and has returned there regularly for research. In addition to being a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey (1981–82; 1991) and a Fellow at Harvard's Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy (1990–1991) he has won a number of grants and fellowships including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1990). Ruggiero regularly teaches classes on the Italian Renaissance, the new social and cultural history, and the uses of literature for history.[1]


  • Violence in Early Renaissance Venice (1980)
  • The Boundaries of Eros: Sex Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice (1985)
  • Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage and Power from the End of the Renaissance (1993)
  • Machiavelli in Love: Sex, Self and Society in Renaissance Italy (2007)
  • Sex and Gender in Historical Perspectives (1990)
  • Microhistory and the Lost Peoples of Europe (1991)
  • History from Crime (1993), edited with Edward Muir.
  • The Blackwell Companion to the Renaissance (2002), editor
  • Five Comedies from the Italian Renaissance (2003), edited and translated with Laura Giannetti
  • Studies in the History of Sexuality (1985–2002), editor
  • Encyclopedia of European Social History (2002), co-editor

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