By Anthony F. D'Elia
In 1468, at the ultimate evening of Carnival in Rome, Pope Paul II sat enthroned above the boisterous crowd, while a scuffle stuck his eye. His guards had intercepted a mysterious stranger attempting urgently to exhibit a warning—conspirators have been mendacity in wait to slay the pontiff. Twenty humanist intellectuals have been quick arrested, tortured at the rack, and imprisoned in separate cells within the damp dungeon of Castel Sant’Angelo.
Anthony D’Elia deals a compelling, fabulous tale that finds a Renaissance global that witnessed the rebirth of curiosity within the classics, a thriving homoerotic tradition, the conflict of Christian and pagan values, the competition among republicanism and a papal monarchy, and tensions isolating Christian Europeans and Muslim Turks. utilizing newly came upon resources, he indicates why the pope specific the humanists, who have been visible as dangerously pagan of their Epicurean morals and their Platonic ideals in regards to the soul and insurrectionist of their help of a extra democratic Church. Their fascination with Sultan Mehmed II attached them to the Ottoman Turks, enemies of Christendom, and the affection of the classical international tied them to fresh rebellious makes an attempt to exchange papal rule with a republic paying homage to the fantastic days of Roman antiquity.
From the cosmetic-wearing, parrot-loving pontiff to the Turkish sultan, savage in battle yet captivated with Italian tradition, D’Elia brings to existence a Renaissance global packed with pageantry, mayhem, and conspiracy and gives a clean interpretation of humanism as a dynamic communal flow.
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42 a sudden terror In 1417 Martin V (1417–1431), newly inaugurated pope, had ended years of schism and deﬁnitively moved the papacy back to Rome. Throughout most of the fourteenth century, the papacy had resided at Avignon, in France, held hostage, it was said, by the French monarchy. 2 Many, however, still opposed the papacy. Gregory eventually prevailed over this opposition in 1378, but he died shortly thereafter. 3 Thus began the Great Schism, at the height of which three different men claimed to be pope.
17 After praising the pastoral devotion of early Christian bishops, for example, Platina remarks in his life of Pope Antherus (235–236 ce): “Today most bishops do the opposite; considering their own advantage, or rather pleasure, they always look upon a richer bishopric as a source of plunder. They don’t ask how large the ﬂock is or how to feed them, but inquire how much the see brings in every year. ”18 Platina, however, saved his sharpest criticism of clerical extravagance for his life of Pope Paul II.
Gregory eventually prevailed over this opposition in 1378, but he died shortly thereafter. 3 Thus began the Great Schism, at the height of which three different men claimed to be pope. 4 The Colonna were the most powerful family in Rome. They were moreover the mortal enemies of another powerful family, the Orsini. Rome was divided into Colonna and Orsini neighborhoods. The new pope’s family connections helped him get elected and assured a successful reassertion of papal power in Rome. Martin spent his pontiﬁcate renovating Rome and enriching the church coffers, but also his family and friends.
A Sudden Terror: The Plot to Murder the Pope in Renaissance Rome by Anthony F. D'Elia