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A pestilential fever was thought to be less virulent, less contagious and less deadly. On the distinction between the two see Vivian Nutton, ‘The seeds of disease’, p. 27. 136 ASV, Sanità 743 96v (1676). 137 See Richelle Munkhoff, ‘Searchers of the dead: authority, marginality and the interpretation of plague in England (1574–1665)’, Gender and history, 11 (1999), pp. 1–29 and Kevin Siena, ‘Searchers of the dead in long eighteenth-century London’ in Kim Kippen and Lori Woods (eds), Worth and repute: valuing gender in late medieval and early modern Europe.

There were nine possible mixtures or temperaments: an equal balance of each humour or a predominance of one or two. Sickness was an imbalance within these natural states. Age and sex affected the humoural balance of an individual. The temperament determined an individual’s personality as well as their susceptibility to particular diseases. Similarly, the seasonality of diseases was explained with reference to the characteristics of the seasons. 127 An association with a fever and excess heat was common in descriptions of the sick.

Architecture was used for protection as well as control, as can be seen when institutions for ‘dangerous’ groups are viewed alongside those for ‘vulnerable’ ones. All of these developments had a religious as well as a social impetus. 46 Institutions which were founded in Venice included the Convertite for reformed and aging prostitutes (1530–34), the Catecumeni for Jews, Turks and Moors who converted 43 ‘Dico adunque che questa gran bella Città, la quale fu sempre cortese e fedel albergo alle genti del Mondo’ Rocco Benedetti, Relatione d’alcuni casi occorsi in Venetia al tempo della peste l’anno 1576 et 1577 con le provisioni, rimedii et orationi fatte à Dio Benedetti per la sua liberatione (Bologna, 1630), p.

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