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Beatrice Cenci was the son of Francesco Cenci, an aristocrat who, due to his violent temper and immoral behaviour, had found himself in trouble with the papal justice more than once. In Rome, they lived in a mid 16th century mansion in Regola district, built over the ruins of a previous medieval fortified palace. Together with them lived also Beatrice's elder brother Giaco Beatrice Cenci was the son of Francesco Cenci, an aristocrat who, due to his violent temper and immoral behaviour, had found himself in trouble with the papal justice more than once. In Rome, they lived in a mid 16th century mansion in Regola district, built over the ruins of a previous medieval fortified palace. Together with them lived also Beatrice's elder brother Giacomo, Francesco's second wife Lucrezia Petroni, and Bernardo, the young boy born from the man's second marriage. Among their other possessions was a castle in Petrella Salto, a small village near Rieti, north of Rome. Even at home Francesco Cenci behaved as a brute. He abused his wife and his sons, and had reached the point of committing incest with Beatrice. He had been jailed for other crimes, but thanks to the leniency which the nobles were treated with, he had been freed too soon. The girl had tried to inform the authorities about the frequent mistreatments, but nothing had happened, although everybody in Rome knew what kind of person Francesco Cenci was. When he found out that his daughter had reported against him, he sent Beatrice and Lucrezia away from Rome, to live in the family's country castle. Exasperated, the four Cenci had no better choice than to try and get rid of Francesco, and all together they organized a plot.


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Beatrice Cenci was the son of Francesco Cenci, an aristocrat who, due to his violent temper and immoral behaviour, had found himself in trouble with the papal justice more than once. In Rome, they lived in a mid 16th century mansion in Regola district, built over the ruins of a previous medieval fortified palace. Together with them lived also Beatrice's elder brother Giaco Beatrice Cenci was the son of Francesco Cenci, an aristocrat who, due to his violent temper and immoral behaviour, had found himself in trouble with the papal justice more than once. In Rome, they lived in a mid 16th century mansion in Regola district, built over the ruins of a previous medieval fortified palace. Together with them lived also Beatrice's elder brother Giacomo, Francesco's second wife Lucrezia Petroni, and Bernardo, the young boy born from the man's second marriage. Among their other possessions was a castle in Petrella Salto, a small village near Rieti, north of Rome. Even at home Francesco Cenci behaved as a brute. He abused his wife and his sons, and had reached the point of committing incest with Beatrice. He had been jailed for other crimes, but thanks to the leniency which the nobles were treated with, he had been freed too soon. The girl had tried to inform the authorities about the frequent mistreatments, but nothing had happened, although everybody in Rome knew what kind of person Francesco Cenci was. When he found out that his daughter had reported against him, he sent Beatrice and Lucrezia away from Rome, to live in the family's country castle. Exasperated, the four Cenci had no better choice than to try and get rid of Francesco, and all together they organized a plot.

30 review for The Cenci

  1. 5 out of 5

    AGamarra

    Cuando me enteré de esta obra de Dumas inmediatamente llamó mi atención debido a que esta misma historia está contada por Stendhal en uno de los relatos de sus "Crónicas italianas", con el mismo título. Y grande fue mi sopresa al ver que ambos abordaron la misma temática y hasta tienen una buena parte de texto casi calcada, en la parte final donde ambos colocan una transcripción del proceso judicial a algunos de los personajes (recogido de una ciudad italiana). La historia es sobre una fami Cuando me enteré de esta obra de Dumas inmediatamente llamó mi atención debido a que esta misma historia está contada por Stendhal en uno de los relatos de sus "Crónicas italianas", con el mismo título. Y grande fue mi sopresa al ver que ambos abordaron la misma temática y hasta tienen una buena parte de texto casi calcada, en la parte final donde ambos colocan una transcripción del proceso judicial a algunos de los personajes (recogido de una ciudad italiana). La historia es sobre una familia de la época del Renacimiento italiano en el que "gobernaba" (como dice el texto) en Roma el papa Clemente VIII. Francisco Cenci es un personaje derrochador, vividor, lujurioso, asesino y todo lo malo que se puede esperar de un hombre. Tanto así que detesta a sus hijos pero parece que el pueblo romano y su propia familia se hartará cuando la más hermosa de sus hijas Beatriz Cenci sufra las consecuencias de su desquiciado padre. Es una oportunidad para contar una historia que está en los anales de la ciudad llena de venganza, tragedia, crimen y castigo.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice

    Dumas ci casca ancora: qui in un racconto storico risicato che non riesce a mescolarsi con sapienza alle sequenze narrative, anzi.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lectrice Hérétique

    Je suis une lâche, un grosse feignasse. J’ai pas loin de 5000 pages de Dumas qui m’attendent dans ma PAL, reparties sur 4 volumes comprenant les Mohicans de Paris, Olympe de Clèves et La San Felice. Et je ne compte pas Le chevalier de Maison-Rouge en poche. Et voilà que je ne trouve rien de mieux à faire que de me rabattre sur un tout petit livre riquiqui, de 96 pages, plus petit qu’un livre de poche, vaguement apparenté à un fascicule. Donc oui je une feignasse mais je m’assume. Tout Je suis une lâche, un grosse feignasse. J’ai pas loin de 5000 pages de Dumas qui m’attendent dans ma PAL, reparties sur 4 volumes comprenant les Mohicans de Paris, Olympe de Clèves et La San Felice. Et je ne compte pas Le chevalier de Maison-Rouge en poche. Et voilà que je ne trouve rien de mieux à faire que de me rabattre sur un tout petit livre riquiqui, de 96 pages, plus petit qu’un livre de poche, vaguement apparenté à un fascicule. Donc oui je une feignasse mais je m’assume. Tout petit livre donc, mais bien joli objet, au papier élégant et à la police délicate. Ce texte est tiré de Crimes célèbres que l’on peut trouver dans leur intégralité chez Phébus, ou du moins chez les bouquinistes et les libraires prévoyants. beaL’histoire relate un faits divers sordide qui inspira de nombreux auteurs, tels que Shelley, Stendhal, Artaud ou Moravia. Béatrix Cenci, fille de Francesco Cenci, abusée et martyrisée par ce père sadique et sanguinaire n’hésitant pas à s’adonner aux vices en tous genres, entreprend avec l’accord et l’aide de sa belle-mère et de son frère aîné d’assassiner son tortionnaire. Malgré un déguisement en accident, le meurtre ne tarde pas à être dévoilé. Torturés, soumis à la question, les proches de Béatrix avouent, sauf elle. La jeune fille, victime et coupable, résiste et nie tout en bloc malgré l’horreur et la souffrance. Elle finira pourtant par céder, poussée par sa famille. Béatrix symbolise l’innocence et la pureté malgré les souillures et les avilissements. Déclarée coupable et condamnée à mort, elle incarne l’image d’un ange de courage et de dignité. Malgré la sympathie du peuple de Rome la famille Cenci sera donc exécutée, à l’exception du plus jeune frère, gracié mais condamné à assister au massacre légal de sa famille. Que de joies me direz-vous !? Dumas nous restitue les faits froidement, il ne lésine pas sur les détails, parfois avec un brin d’humour, mais sans fioritures, le lecteur assiste plus qu’il ne participe. Le texte est plus proche de la chronique que de la nouvelle. En quelques pages il réussit à rendre intense un drame humain qui a laissé des traces dans l’imaginaire collectif.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zainab Ali

    What "celebrated crime" is this book exactly about? What the father did to the daughter? What the daughter did to the father? Or both? For some reason, it bothered me and I couldn't enjoy it as much as the others, but isn't that how we're supposed to feel about crimes after all?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Asroff

  6. 5 out of 5

    D.Richard Lewis

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amaranta La Librera

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yegor

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Ervin

  10. 5 out of 5

    J. Ellen Daniels

  11. 4 out of 5

    Baba Novac

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angel Ledezma

  13. 5 out of 5

    Xavier Munz

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maral Amin Quttieneh

  15. 4 out of 5

    حماده محمد محمود

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  17. 4 out of 5

    Svetlana

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tea Jovanović

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dina Mamdouh

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eric Anno

  21. 4 out of 5

    Federica Bosio

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ysza

  23. 4 out of 5

    Μαριάννα

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Noffke

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fariz

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zarifah Zulkiflee

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ilaria

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ysh

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Ambriz

  30. 4 out of 5

    Oceansword

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