Venice's Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City / Edition 1

Venice's Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City / Edition 1

by John Jeffries Martin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801878772

ISBN-13: 9780801878770

Pub. Date: 08/15/2003

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Renaissance Venice is generally portrayed as a city of harmony and consensus. This book offers a sharply different view by highlighting the history of religious dissent in this early modern city. Drawing on sixteenth-century records from archives of the Roman Inquisition, John Jeffries Martin reconstructs the social and cultural worlds of the Venetian heretics—

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Renaissance Venice is generally portrayed as a city of harmony and consensus. This book offers a sharply different view by highlighting the history of religious dissent in this early modern city. Drawing on sixteenth-century records from archives of the Roman Inquisition, John Jeffries Martin reconstructs the social and cultural worlds of the Venetian heretics—those men and women who articulated their hopes for religious and political reform. Among them were Evangelists, Protestants, Anabaptists, Antitrinitarians, and Millenarians, whose ideologies ranged from moderate to radical. The protagonists included men and women from all social classes; but artisans, above all those in the elite crafts, proved especially likely to give their support to the new reform ideas. Martin's analysis, which explores the interconnections of religious beliefs and social experience, offers new perspectives on the Italian Reformation and demonstrates widespread persistent popular support for this reform of church and society well after the establishment of the Roman Inquisition in the 1540s.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801878770
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Introduction: Salvation and Society in Sixteenth-Century Venice1
1A Republic Between Renaissance and Reform23
2The Coming of the Inquisition49
3Evangelism and the Emergence of Popular Reform71
4The Humanity of Christ and the Hope for the Messiah97
5Hiding123
6The Place of Heresy in a Hierarchical Society147
7The Turn of the Screw179
8Two Horsemen of the Apocalypse197
Epilogue: The Final Executions217
AppA Note on the Quantitative Study of the Inquisition235
Sources and Bibliography: Heresey and Reform in Sixteenth-Century Italy249
General Index273
Index of Secondary Authors283

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