In 18th century Venice, the ultimate tool of seduction for women was a plain mask covered in black velvet. She held it in place with her teeth that bit down on a button, thus making her mute, and her silence deepened the mystery of who she was and what lay behind the mask.
In 14th century Venice there existed a system encouraged by the government that allowed anonymous accusations to be made against any citizen. This was a Renaissance version of a surveillance culture which is reflected in the 21st century with CCTV, spy drones and phone taps.
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance writer and paranormal researcher.
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