Via di Monserrato
On September 11th 1599, Beatrice Cenci (b. 1577), a young Roman noblewoman, was executed for the murder of her tyrannical and abusive father, Count Francesco Cenci.
She was beheaded after a lurid trial, which gave rise to her enduring legend. Her tragic life and death has inspired numerous writers, including Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1821), who composed a verse drama The Cenci: A Tragedy in Five Acts, while he was living in Rome.
Beatrice Cenci was interred in the church of San Pietro in Montorio.
Four hundred years after her death, a plaque was erected in Via di Monserrato at the site of the prison (long since demolished), where Beatrice was incarcerated. The plaque reads (in translation): From here, where once stood the prison of the Corte Savella, on September 11th 1599, Beatrice Cenci was taken to the scaffold, an exemplary victim of unfair justice.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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