From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Guido Ruggiero is a notable microhistorian and professor and chair of the University of Miami History Department. His most notable work is Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage and Power from the End of the Renaissance which discusses tales of witchcraft and love magic in early modern Venice.
Ruggiero was born in Danbury, Connecticut and grew up in Webster, New York, a small rural town along the old shore line of Lake Ontario. After earning a B.A. with a heavy focus on ancient history and philosophy at the University of Colorado, he went on to UCLA where as a University of California Regent's Intern Fellow he earned an M.A. (1967) and a Ph.D. (1972). As a Regent's Fellow he began his long love affair with Venice and the Venetian Archives in 1970 and has returned there regularly for research. In addition to being a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey (1981-82; 1991) and a Fellow at Harvard's Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy (1990-1991) he has won a number of grants and fellowships including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1990). Ruggiero regularly teaches classes on the Italian Renaissance, the new social and cultural history, and the uses of literature for history.
- Violence in Early Renaissance Venice (1980)
- The Boundaries of Eros: Sex Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice (1985)
- Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage and Power from the End of the Renaissance (1993)
- Machiavelli in Love: Sex, Self and Society in Renaissance Italy (2007)
- Sex and Gender in Historical Perspectives (1990)
- Microhistory and the Lost Peoples of Europe (1991)
- History from Crime (1993), edited with Edward Muir.
- The Blackwell Companion to the Renaissance (2002), editor
- Five Comedies from the Italian Renaissance (2003), edited and translated with Laura Giannetti
- Studies in the History of Sexuality (1985-2002), editor
- Encyclopedia of European Social History (2002), co-editor