The World of Girolamo Donzellini A Network of Heterodox Physicians in Sixteenth-Century Venice
Girolamo Donzellini was born in 1513. He was a religious dissenter, a physician, and a bibliophile involved in the Medical Republic of Letters. He was put to death by the Venetian Inquisition in 1587, after being tried five times in his lifetime.
Extending beyond an individual case study to a granular and probing account of the many connections between Venetian physicians and heterodox religious movements in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, this innovative monograph reveals the heretical networks of physicians in sixteenth-century Venice. In addition to Donzellini himself, the web of actors includes printers, scholars, women, and alchemists who were all committed to fighting against religious dogma and violence in a time and place when both were the order of the day.
This book will appeal to researchers and students alike interested in the History of Medicine, the History of religious heterodoxy and tolerance, as well as the History of the Catholic Inquisition in Venice.
- Medicine, Reformation, and heterodoxy in the sixteenth century
- A network of dissident physicians
- Becoming a heretic. Medical studies and religious dissent, 1513-1545
- Healing the body, healing the soul: Venice, 1546-1553
- The diaspora
- Heterodox physicians in front of the Inquisition: Venice, 1560s-1570s
- Donzellini’s return to the Republic of Venice, 1560-1587
- ‘The best physician is a philosopher’: the thought of Girolamo Donzellini
- Conclusions. Beyond the frontiers of knowledge: networks and practices of dissent between science and faith
1.1 A family of dissidents
1.2 Patavina libertas
1.3 Medical career and the growth of a heretical mind: Rome
2.1 Venice, city of heretics
2.2 Women and the network
2.3 Books, doctrines, and practices: the growth of heresy in 1540s Venice
3.1 Italian physicians and religious migration
3.2 Exile physicians and their networks
3.3 Donzellini’s exile (1553-1560)
3.4 Donzellini’s On the Continuity of Doctrine since the Origin of the World
4.1 Venetian heretical networks in the Counter-Reformation: 1560-1575
4.2 Teofilo Panarelli and his sect: a secret sociality
4.3 Heresy and alchemy at the Frari pharmacy: Antonino Volpe and Decio Bellebuono
5.1 Venice-Verona, 1560-1573
5.2 Donzellini’s trials in the 1570s
5.3 Girolamo Donzellini in the Respublica medicorum
5.4 The epilogue
6.1 Collaboration with the empiric Bovio: was Donzellini a Paracelsian?
6.2 The Remedium ferendarum iniuriarum between Neoplatonism and radicalism
6.3 ‘Medicus non tantum corporum, sed etiam animorum sit curator’