A Sudden Terror

A Sudden Terror

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by Anthony F. D'Elia
     
 

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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.

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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.

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Library Journal
Not till his epilog does Renaissance historian D'Elia say that this book was inspired by his accidental encounter with letters that 15th-century Roman humanists wrote while imprisoned in the Castel Sant'Angelo for conspiracy to assassinate Pope Paul II. That explains a lot about the book. In 1668, informed of a plot against his life, Paul II rounded up the usual suspects, leading local humanists, and threw them in jail for a year where they exchanged Classically-inspired letters of apology, regret, and defiance. D'Elia details a half-century of prior challenges to the papacy that could make a pope uneasy. What D'Elia never explores is whether this particular plot existed or how it might have worked. Instead, the book considers the aspects of Roman humanism that bothered the church: homoeroticism, a taste for pre-Christian philosophy and flirtation with Islam. D'Elia closes with a numbing textual analysis of the letters that inspired his work. VERDICT Despite some interesting detail of the centuries-old love-hate relationship between the Romans and their pope, the book isn't for the general reader. It may have some interest for students of Roman humanism.—Stewart Desmond, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674053724
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,093,481
File size:
415 KB

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A work of outstanding scholarship presented in a taut yet lively narrative. D'Elia brings to life the vibrant, cruel, and glitteringly public city of Renaissance Rome. A splendid achievement.

Meet the Author

Anthony F. D'Elia is Associate Professor of History at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

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