This book covers one of the more obscure periods of Italian history. What we know of it is presented almost always pejoratively: an unrelieved tale of political absolution, rural refeudalisation, economic crisis, religious repression and cultural decline. But this picture is both incomplete and inaccurate, and in this important new survey Eric Cochrane has at last given the period its due.
Lists of tables. Editorial note. Abbreviations. Lists of Plates. Map. 1. Introduction. 2. Prologue: The Sack of Rome
3. Monuments of the High Renaissance. 4. A New Political Order. 5. Institutions of Culture. 6. Mannerism. 7. Tridentine Reform. 8. Consolidation. 9. Destablisation. Appendix: Tables of Succession. Index.