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 (chĕn′chē), Beatrice 1577-1599.
Italian noblewoman who was beheaded for patricide. She is depicted in many works of art and literature, including Percy Shelley's The Cenci (1819).
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(ˈtʃɛn tʃi)

Beatrice, 1577–1599, Italian parricide whose life is the subject of various novels and poems.
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Not by the horrible things imputed both ways; I know (though it's not modern to say so) that human nature in the highest places is still capable of being Cenci or Borgia.
It is rather for Shelley's shorter poems, his lyrics, that I would try to gain your love at present, for although he wrote The Cenci, the best tragedy of his time, a tragedy which by its terror and pain links him with Shakespeare, it is as a lyric poet that we love Shelley.
'The Cenci' is more dramatic in form, though the excess of speech over action makes of it also only a 'literary drama.' The story, taken from family history of the Italian Renaissance, is one of the most horrible imaginable, but the play is one of the most powerful produced in English since the Elizabethan period.
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The first report of a direct correlation between prodynorphin level and LID was provided by Cenci et al.
"'I feel a giddy sickness of strange awe': Chillingworth, Cenci, and the Silent Pleasure of Pain," Geoff Bender's essay, explores the connections between Shelley's closet drama The Cenci and The Scarlet Letter, especially the character of Chillingworth.
Scholars have long known that the nineteenth-century actress Eliza O'Neill was a significant factor in Percy Shelley's decision to compose his 1819 tragedy The Cenci as a performable, stage-worthy drama.
"I would say hunters routinely find and report illegal grow operations on public land in Washington," said Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement Mike Cenci. "Thanks in part to tips from hunters, anglers and hikers, we've found and eradicated literally hundreds of marijuana farms in the past five years.
He refers to Swinburne's Atalanta in Calydon as 'moribund' and Shelley's The Cenci as 'horrendous', even though he knows they remain canonical and Wilde thought them the two greatest dramas of the century; nevertheless, we need look no farther than some of Wilde's other dramatic works, such as The Florentine Tragedy, The Duchess of Padua and the Salomesque dramatic fragment La Sainte Courtisane, to see his own frequent indulgence in such archaism.
Most of the chapters are organized around a single work or author, from Elizabeth Inchbald's A Simple Story (1791) to a series of Wordsworth pieces (particularly The Excursion [1809-13], Essays on Epitaphs [1810], and Ecclesiastical Sketches [1822]) to Percy Shelley's The Cenci (1819) to Scott's Ivanhoe (1819).