1st Edition

Renaissance Cardinals and their Worldly Problems

By D.S. Chambers Copyright 1997
    374 Pages
    by Routledge

    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from the Gonzaga archives and its wealth of correspondence files and registers, these essays (including one previously unpublished) explore the private and public lives, the practical commitments and economic resources, and the moral dilemmas of the cardinals and their dependents in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 The volume includes one hitherto unpublished study, and a substantial section of additional notes.

    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.


    D.S. Chambers

    '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