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Renaissance Rome 1500-1559 by Peter Partner
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Jul 25, 2009

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bookshelves: history, non-fiction, 2009, history-early-modern, history-italy
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Despite the unacademic form of the book (no footnotes; only a scant bibliography), it's really not for a casual audience. Assumes a high level of understanding of the nature and function of the 16th century papacy, both as a religious institution, a political actor, a patron of the arts, and an employer of vast swathes of the Roman population. Fine with me, but if you don't know what the papacy actually looked like on the ground, and what individual popes actually did, then this reads as a pretty pat apology for papal decadence, which I don't think was his intention at all.

Also contains my favourite new piece of information: the Florentine national confraternity in Rome was responsible for comforting prisoners to be executed.

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