Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Lodovico Pontano (Ca. 1409-1439): Eine Juristenkarriere an Universität, Fürstenhof Kurie Und Konzil

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Lodovico Pontano (Ca. 1409-1439): Eine Juristenkarriere an Universität, Fürstenhof Kurie Und Konzil

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Lodovico Pontano (ca. 1409-1439): Eine Juristenkarriere an Universität, Fürstenhof Kurie und Konzil. By Thomas Woelki. [Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Vol. 38.] (Leiden: Brill. 2011. Pp. xlv, 936. $318.00. ISBN 978-9-004-19471-7.)

When Lodovico Pontano died in Basel in 1439, he was little more than thirty years old. Despite his comparative youth, Pontano was a trained jurist who had taught at universities, served in the Roman Curia, and represented King Alphonso V of Aragon at the Council of Basel (1431-49). Pontanto emerges from this study as a talented young man whose services were in demand and who pursued his opportunities. He received his doctorate in Bologna and spent a few years in Florence (1428-31). Then he joined the Curia as an auditor of the Rota (1431-33) before removing to Siena (1433-36). In 1436 he was brought into the service of Alphonso. Pontano already had ties with the humanist Antonio Beccadellia (Panormita), who was in the king's service in Naples. Shortly thereafter, Alphonso sent him to Basel to work together with the canonist Nicolaus de Tudeschis (Panormitanus). They were not harmonious partners. Moreover, both found their support of the council against the pope constrained by Alphonso 's unwillingness to back the deposition of Eugenius. Nonetheless, Pontano served the council on missions, especially when the assembly was resisting transfer by Pope Eugenius to the city of Ferrara to meet with the emperor (John VIH Paleologus) and the representatives of the Greek church. Pontano might have played a major role in Basel's further conflicts with Eugenius, but mortality overtook him. The jurist was reported to have stayed in Basel in hope of being made a cardinal by Felix V, the pope elected by the council to replace Eugenius IV (r. …

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