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A SUDDEN TERROR [NOOK Book]

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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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A SUDDEN TERROR

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
Booklist
[A] commendable reconstruction of a Renaissance mystery.
— Gilbert Taylor
Catholic Herald
D'Elia deserves a medal for producing such a satisfying study...Sex, papal politics, the excesses of carnival in Renaissance Rome, Christendom confronting the Ottoman empire, scholars joyfully and dangerously dreaming about the glories of ancient Greece: one couldn't really ask for anything more.
— Jonathan Wright
Literary Review of Canada
Although there is no conclusive evidence that a conspiracy to murder Paul II was afoot on the eve of Lent 1468, D'Elia painstakingly establishes the plausibility of such a conspiracy by deftly employing an array of distinct but related causes and showing how they could easily coalesce to bring down the Barbo pontificate. And in doing this he paints a portrait of mid 15th-century Rome that is illuminating and serves as a corrective to those who hold the jaundiced and indefensible view that the papacy is constitutionally irreformable and that things have never been worse in Rome than they are now.
— Michael W. Higgins
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674053724
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 405 KB

Meet the Author

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

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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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    Zolo to assassin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Jordan to Assassin

    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."

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    Posted August 16, 2013

    To Blackstar

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    Posted August 16, 2013

    Black star

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    Posted August 16, 2013

    To assasin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    To The Assassin

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    Posted August 15, 2013

    Kidnap fox

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