A Sudden Terror: The Plot to Murder the Pope in Renaissance Rome

A Sudden Terror: The Plot to Murder the Pope in Renaissance Rome

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by Anthony F. D'Elia
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674035550

ISBN-13: 9780674035553

Pub. Date: 11/30/2009

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In 1468, on the final night of Carnival in Rome, Pope Paul II sat enthroned above the boisterous crowd, when a scuffle caught his eye. His guards had intercepted a mysterious stranger trying urgently to convey a warning—conspirators were lying in wait to slay the pontiff. Twenty humanist intellectuals were quickly arrested, tortured on the rack, and imprisoned

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In 1468, on the final night of Carnival in Rome, Pope Paul II sat enthroned above the boisterous crowd, when a scuffle caught his eye. His guards had intercepted a mysterious stranger trying urgently to convey a warning—conspirators were lying in wait to slay the pontiff. Twenty humanist intellectuals were quickly arrested, tortured on the rack, and imprisoned in separate cells in the damp dungeon of Castel Sant’Angelo.

Anthony D’Elia offers a compelling, surprising story that reveals a Renaissance world that witnessed the rebirth of interest in the classics, a thriving homoerotic culture, the clash of Christian and pagan values, the contest between republicanism and a papal monarchy, and tensions separating Christian Europeans and Muslim Turks. Using newly discovered sources, he shows why the pope targeted the humanists, who were seen as dangerously pagan in their Epicurean morals and their Platonic beliefs about the soul and insurrectionist in their support of a more democratic Church. Their fascination with Sultan Mehmed II connected them to the Ottoman Turks, enemies of Christendom, and the love of the classical world tied them to recent rebellious attempts to replace papal rule with a republic harking back to the glorious days of Roman antiquity.

From the cosmetic-wearing, parrot-loving pontiff to the Turkish sultan, savage in war but obsessed with Italian culture, D’Elia brings to life a Renaissance world full of pageantry, mayhem, and conspiracy and offers a fresh interpretation of humanism as a dynamic communal movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674035553
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

  1. Carnival to Lent
  2. The Price of Magnificence
  3. Lessons of Rebellions Past
  4. A Pagan Renaissance: Sodomy and the Classical Tradition
  5. Consorting with the Enemy: Mehmet II and the Ottoman Threat
  6. The Emperor’s Tomb
  7. Humanism Imprisoned

  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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A Sudden Terror: The Plot to Murder the Pope in Renaissance Rome 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meet me at our place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Capture the man in my fu<_>ckin' house! He's been there forever and wont leave! House is at 'the castle' res 5. Should be "tuesdays at the Castle."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok ashly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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