Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

L'inquisizione in età Moderna E Il Caso Milanese. Atti Delle Giornate Di Studio 27-29 Novembre 2008

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

L'inquisizione in età Moderna E Il Caso Milanese. Atti Delle Giornate Di Studio 27-29 Novembre 2008

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L'inquisizione in età moderna e il caso milanese. Atti delle giornate di studio 27-29 novembre 2008. Edited by Claudia di Filippo Bareggi and Gianvittorio Signorotto. [Studia Borromaica, 23.] (Milan: Biblioteca Ambrosiana; Rome: Bulzoni Editore. 2009. Pp. 552. euro28,00 paperback. ISBN 978-8-878-70443-5.)

This volume is the product of a conference sponsored by the Accademia Ambrosiana and held at the Ambrosian Library in Milan in November 2008. The volume offers two kinds of articles. The first kind focuses on the Inquisition in Milan and Lombardy. Although the Milanese Inquisition's records were destroyed in the late-eighteenth century, scholars have made good use of the Inquisition records in the archive of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith opened to scholars in the late 1990s.

Alain Talion discusses a north Italian count and soldier who served the French king and was arrested for heresy in 1 570, then was freed as a result of French diplomatic pressure. Massimo Carlo Giannini studies two Milanese Inquisition trials of Ascanio Marso, secretary to a high Milanese council; he concludes that politics more than heresy led to his arrest. Wietse de Boer studies the cases of four Swiss Protestant soldiers in the service of Venice who were arrested in Milan in 1619. He finds that a soldierly sense of honor made them steadfast in their faith; they were probably expelled rather than punished. Miguel Gotor discusses the Milanese cult of Elisabetta Peragalli, which came under the Inquisition's suspicion in 1657. Angelo Turchini discusses the jurisdictional powers and limits of the Inquisition in various parts of Lombardy and provides a useful list of Inquisition officials. Cinzia Cremonini studies the confraternity of the Sign of the Cross, the organization of the familiars of the Inquisition in Lombardy, and provides a membership list. Flavio Rurale studies the relations between the religious orders and the Inquisition in Lombardy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Gianvittorio Signorotto sees a crisis of the Milanese Inquisition in the seventeenth century in the face of the growing authority of the state. …

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