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Renaissance Cardinals and their Worldly Problems

1st Edition

By D.S. Chambers


374 pages

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Hardback: 9780860786146
pub: 1997-03-06
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The worldly affairs of holders of high ecclesiastical office in the Renaissance period have a fascination not merely due to scandals and notoriety, but because they are so charged with ambiguity and because, from the 13th to the 17th centuries, porporati had so much more power and influence in the world than subsequently. Drawing upon documentary material from a variety of Italian and ecclesiastical sources, above all from the Gonzaga archives and its wealth of correspondence files and registers, these essays (including one previously unpublished) explore the private and public lives, the practical commitments and economic resources, and the moral dilemmas of the cardinals and their dependents in Renaissance Italy. The volume includes one hitherto unpublished study, and a substantial section of additional notes.


'David Chambers has made an impressive contribution to our understanding of the Renaissance and it is amply demonstrated in this collection of eleven articles, based on his careful and extensive research in the archives of Mantua and the Vatican.' Apollo 'Chambers’ lucid style and his balanced interpretation of the archival data illuminate not only the political and religious issues of the period, but also the minutiae of life in Renaissance Italy.' Apollo 'solid in its scholarship' Sixteenth Century Journal,Vol. XXIX, No. 2

Table of Contents

Contents: The economic predicament of Renaissance cardinals; The housing problems of Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga; Sant’ Andrea at Mantua and Gonzaga patronage 1460-1472; A defence of non-residence in the later 15th century: Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga and the Mantuan clergy; Virtù militare del cardinale Francesco Gonzaga; Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga in Florence; Francesco ’Cardinalino’ (c.1477-1511): the son of Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga; Giovanni Pietro Arrivabene (1439-1504): humanistic secretary and bishop; Bartolomeo Marasca, master of Cardinal Gonzaga's household (1462-1469); The ’bellisimo ingegno’ of Ferdinando Gonzaga (1587-1626), cardinal and duke of Mantua; Postscript on the worldly affairs of Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga and of other princely cardinals; Index.

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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