Power And Religion in Baroque Rome: Barberini Cultural Policies

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BRILL, 2006 - History - 437 pages
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In ten chapters, partly case-studies, this monograph analyzes the (new) ways in which cultural manifestations were used to create the necessary preconditions for (religious) policy and power in the Rome of Urban VIII (1623-1644). It was the intensified interaction between culture and power-politics that created what we now call 'the Baroque'. Based on a rich variety of, hitherto largely unexplored, primary sources, the book addresses the basic issues of papal power in the post-Tridentine period. It does not study actual papal politics, but rather the cultural forms that were essential to the representation and legitimatization of the papacy's power, both secular and religious and that (co-)determined the effectiviness of papal policy. Precisely during Urban's long pontificate, the manifold, always imaginative and often unexpected uses of power representation became, in the end, not so much a series of cultural forms as, in a sense, the structure of early modern (Roman) society.
  

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Contents

inpostTridentineRome
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Capellaaedificatur
70
Chapter Two Maffeo Barberini Urban VIII the PoetPope
95
poetics and perils of poetic propaganda
118
editions of the poems of MaffeoBarberini
141
power
181
the power
218
Chapter Six Lucas Holste 15961661 scholar and librarian
256
the power
296
Chapter Eight Urban VIII between White Magic and Black
336
instruments of cultural
377
Conclusion lEtŗ fortunata del Mele or Honeys Happy
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Peter Rietbergen, Ph.D. (Nijmegen 1983), is Professor of Post-medieval Cultural History at the Radboud University, Nijmegen. He published extensively on early modern (cultural) history, as well as on the history of the relations between Asia and the West. In 2005, the revised edition of his succesful Europe: A Cultural History was published by Routledge.

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