Andrew Vidali

A negotiated criminal justice. Managing ban between Crete and Venice in the early sixteenth Century

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This article will examine through a comparative approach how the political and financial crisis, faced by the Republic of Venice after the Agnadello defeat, affected the Venetian criminal justice system. The relationship between parties’ reconciliation and annulment of banishment, inflicted to promote peace between offended and offenders, suffered the most. The article will highlight how the customary conflict resolution system was bent to the economic needs through the investigation of some pardon requests sent to the Council of Ten by Venetian and Venetian-Cretan nobles.


  • Republic of Venice
  • criminal ban
  • Venetian and Cretan nobility
  • Council of Ten
  • pardon requests


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