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Beatrice Cenci
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Murderer
    (February 6, 1577-September 11, 1599)
    Born in Rome, Italy
    Daughter of an Italian nobleman, Francesco Cenci
    With other family members, killed Francesco, reportedly to prevent his incestuous advances
    Executed by beheading at the Sant'Angelo Bridge
    Inspired Percy Bysshe Shelley to write the verse drama 'The Cenci: A Tragedy in Five Acts' (1819)
    Her family had two servants (one of whom was secretly Beatrice's lover) drug Francesco.
    When this failed to kill him, the family bludgeoned him to death with a hammer, then threw the body off a balcony in a very unsuccessful attempt to make it look like an accident.
    The incest allegations were not raised until just before the execution, when the family was getting desperate to find grounds for clemency.
    According to legend, every year she comes back to the bridge on the night before her execution, carrying her severed head.
    Most modern art historians believe that the painting that inspired Shelley does not actually depict Beatrice.
    By most accounts, Francesco was a violent and abusive husband and parent.
    Public sympathy for the family ran high, so the chances for clemency seemed good.
    However, the Countess of Santa Croce had recently been killed by her son, prompting Pope Clement VIII to insist on going forward with the executions to prevent a spate of family murders.
    After the executions, the Cenci family properties were confiscated by the Papacy, which may have played a role in Clement's decision.
    To the people of Rome, she became a symbol of resistance to the aristocracy.

Credit: C. Fishel


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