Carole Seymour-Jones

Fatal Attraction

Beatrice's Spell: The Enduring Legend of Beatrice Cenci

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ON 11 SEPTEMBER 1599 sixteen-year-old Beatrice Cenci was executed in Rome. Her crime was the murder of her father, Francesco, a wealthy aristocrat who had imprisoned his beautiful daughter in a castle in the Abruzzi Mountains, north-east of Rome, and raped her. Beatrice conspired with her stepmother and brothers, also abused by Francesco, to have him murdered. There was, she said, ‘no other remedy’.

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