By Cecilia Ferrazzi
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In other instances, such as the "miraculous" birth of her sister, divine intervention modified the conditions of her subjection just enough to make possible her obedience to earthly superiors. During the eighteen years between the death of her parents and her tique>" In Espenel1zareuqtosaescntturefemm1111li tra Medioevoedetamoderna,ed Manlena Modica Vasta (Palermo Bonnano, 1992), pp 135-51 24. Tnal Record, Sentence (1 September 1665), separately pagmated, fol 2r 13 14 Introduction establishment of a house for "girls in danger," Ferrazzi spent a prolonged adolescence under the surveillance of lay protectors/superiors: her uncle, Antonio and lppolita Maffei, Andriana Cuccina, Modesta Salandi, and Marietta Cappello.
I ended up with my head, or rather my scalp, peeled, for my braids remained [in his hand] and the hair never grew back, and thus I'm bald now. While this was going on, my sister, who had been asleep, woke up, saying that she'd heard me shout, and already the Devil had disappeared, having heard me invoke the names of Jesus and Mary. "The following day, after Monsignor sent some gentlewomen took me to the convent and others, Patriarch Monsignor of Santa Maria Maggiore [Federico] Polacco Corner arrived, had and he so that they would take me in, and because they didn't want to, he yelled loudly, 'I'm giving you a saint and you don't want her:" And while this was being written down, she added voluntarily, IIBut it isn't true, sir, because I'm a sinner.
When I came out of the Cappuccine, he [Polacco] put me in the Dom- inican pinzochereat San Martin, and I stayed there about a month, or fifteen or twenty days. And because so many people were coming [to see me], he urged me to have myself put in an underground room, and during those few days he had me exorcised by various men in his presence: by a father of San Giobbe [Raimondo da Venezia], one from Santo Stefano [Nicola Stoppa], and a confessor of the nuns of Santa Giustina [Giovanni Zogallil And the reason for the exorcisms was that everyone said that I lived on communion alone," and that if I tried to eat, I didn't hold down the food.