This manuscript contains the names of 1068 Venetians executed between 726 to 1804. It records names, dates of execution, crimes, and method of execution. Relatively few executions are listed until the late sixteenth century, and almost half of the total listed in this document occurred in the seventeenth century. Crimes included conspiracy, rebellion, treason, theft, forgery, usury, homicide, sodomy, aggression and disturbing the peace. Death was usually by hanging or beheading, but occasionally included torture and/or display of bodies.
The writer of this manuscript and the source of information are unknown. We speculate that the document dates to 1804 when the last entry was recorded. The entire manuscript is in Italian. We need your help to transcribe and make sense of this fascinating record.
Giusticiati: Italian Manuscript List of Persons Condemned to Death in Venice, 726-1804