By Anthony F. D'Elia
In 1468, at the ultimate evening of Carnival in Rome, Pope Paul II sat enthroned above the boisterous crowd, whilst a scuffle stuck his eye. His guards had intercepted a mysterious stranger attempting urgently to exhibit a warning—conspirators have been mendacity in wait to slay the pontiff. Twenty humanist intellectuals have been quick arrested, tortured at the rack, and imprisoned in separate cells within the damp dungeon of Castel Sant’Angelo.
Anthony D’Elia bargains a compelling, dazzling tale that unearths a Renaissance global that witnessed the rebirth of curiosity within the classics, a thriving homoerotic tradition, the conflict of Christian and pagan values, the competition among republicanism and a papal monarchy, and tensions setting apart Christian Europeans and Muslim Turks. utilizing newly came across assets, he exhibits why the pope distinctive the humanists, who have been obvious as dangerously pagan of their Epicurean morals and their Platonic ideals in regards to the soul and insurrectionist of their aid of a extra democratic Church. Their fascination with Sultan Mehmed II hooked up them to the Ottoman Turks, enemies of Christendom, and the affection of the classical global tied them to contemporary rebellious makes an attempt to interchange papal rule with a republic paying homage to the fantastic days of Roman antiquity.
From the cosmetic-wearing, parrot-loving pontiff to the Turkish sultan, savage in conflict yet captivated with Italian tradition, D’Elia brings to existence a Renaissance global choked with pageantry, mayhem, and conspiracy and gives a clean interpretation of humanism as a dynamic communal flow.
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Extra info for A Sudden Terror: The Plot to Murder the Pope in Renaissance Rome
Although an imperial visit recalled the old rivalry, the tables had now turned in the pope’s favor, and Paul used the event to promote a potent image of his superior status. Rise of the Cardinals During Paul’s pontiﬁcate, France constituted a much greater threat to the papacy than did Germany. 45 Such speculation was not unfounded, in light of recent relations between France and the Holy See. After the Council of Basel in 1438 King Charles VII of France and the French clergy had made a formal declaration, known as the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges.
An armed ﬁshing boat blocked the pope’s path of escape. But Valentino held fast and headed straight for the vessel, as the crewmen loosed arrows at the boat from their crossbows. The dilapidated ﬁshing boat of the Romans didn’t stand a chance. The Romans on the old craft lost their nerve and gave way when they saw the pirates making dead for them. 1 The pope would not return to Rome until 1443. During those nine years the Church was based in Florence. Roman rebellions had plagued every Renaissance pope.
Such a beautiful body, a balanced harmony of limbs, a sweet, decorous complexion, and such gracious eyes that you appear superhuman” (Francesco Filelfo). ”9 Platina further speciﬁes: “It had diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, topaz, large pearls, and every kind of precious gem. Wearing this majestic tiara, Paul would appear in public like another Aaron. ”10 The tiara represented the highest Christian priesthood, founded on that of the Prophet Aaron, the ﬁrst high priest of the Old Testament. Paul’s triplecrown design was based on a description in the ancient historian Josephus of the tiara worn by the Prophet Aaron.
A Sudden Terror: The Plot to Murder the Pope in Renaissance Rome by Anthony F. D'Elia