14 August 2018

BOOK: Adriano PROSPERI, Justice Blindfolded : The Historical Course of an Image [Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700] (Leiden: Brill, 2018). ISBN 978-90-04-36220-8, €105.00

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Brill will publish a book on the history of "justice" and its iconography through the centuries later this month.  


Justice Blindfolded gives an overview of the history of "justice" and its iconography through the centuries. Justice has been portrayed as a woman with scales, or holding a sword, or, since the fiftteenth century, with her eyes bandaged. This last symbol contains the idea that justice is both impartial and blind, reminding indirectly of the bandaged Christ on the cross, a central figure in the Christian idea of fairness and forgiveness.

In this rich and imaginative journey through history and philosophy, Prosperi manages to convey a full account of the ways justice has been described, portrayed and imagined.


Adriano Prosperi, Ph.D (1968), Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy, is Emeritus Professor of Early Modern History. He has published extensively on the Reformation, the Tridentine Council, and the idea of faith in Western Europe. His most recent books are a study of Luther, Lutero. Gli anni della fede e della libertà (Milan 2017) and a history of the death penalty, Crime and Forgiveness: Christianizing Execution in Medieval Europe (Harvard University Press 2018)


Preface to the Italian Edition
Preface to the English Edition Index of Illustrations
Chapter One. Scale and Sword, Eyes and Blindfold: the Attributes of Justice
Chapter Two. Justice, That is to Say God
Chapter Three. The Blindfold
Chapter Four. Jesus, Barabbas and the Good Thief
Chapter Five. Justice and Grace
Chapter Six. Miracles and Salvation
Chapter Seven. The Divine Eye of the Law
Chapter Eight. Changes in Symbols
Chapter Nine. The Veil of Justice and the Risks of the Limelight.

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