Court and Politics in Papal Rome, 1492–1700
Gianvittorio Signorotto, Maria Antonietta Visceglia
Cambridge University Press, Mar 21, 2002 - History
This 2002 book attempts to overcome the traditional historiographical approach to the role of the early modern papacy by focusing on the actual mechanisms of power in the papal court. The period covered extends from the Renaissance to the aftermath of the peace of Westphalia in 1648 - after which the papacy was reduced to a mainly spiritual role. Based on research in Italian and other European archives, the book concentrates on the factions at the Roman court and in the college of cardinals. The sacred college came under great international pressure during the election of a new pope, and consequently such figures as foreign ambassadors and foreign cardinals are examined, as well as political liaisons and social contacts at court. Finally, the book includes an analysis of the ambiguous nature of Roman ceremonial, which was both religious and secular: a reflection of the power struggle both in Rome and in Europe.
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COURT AND CITY IN THE CEREMONY OF THE POSSESSO IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
FROM THE LETTERS OF CARDINAL FERDINANDO DE MEDICI TO COSIMO I AND
THE COURT OF ROME AND POLITICS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
FACTIONS IN THE SACRED COLLEGE IN THE SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES
THE SECRETARIAT OF STATE AS THE POPES SPECIAL MINISTRY
THE CASE OF FRANCE
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