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Original scientific paper

Nikola (1673-1674), “The Child of the Commune”

Rina Kralj-Brassard orcid id ; Institute for Historical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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On the basis of the Criminal Court records, accounting records of Hospitale misericordiae, the Dubrovnik foundling home, and other sources kept at the State Archives in Dubrovnik, the circumstances surrounding the life and death of a ward of this home have been reconstructed. The infant’s violent death and the criminal proceedings that followed have been placed in the context of domestic violence and the demographic conditions that prevailed in the aftermath of the great earthquake. The article examines the relationship between the wet nurses and the foundlings placed in their care, as well as the reaction of the authorities towards crime committed against the members of this marginal group.


foundling, criminal court proceedings, domestic violence, child mortality, wetnurse, foundling hospital, Dubrovnik Republic, 17th century

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