Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Atti del Convegno Di Studi Gian Matteo Giberti (1495-1543)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Atti del Convegno Di Studi Gian Matteo Giberti (1495-1543)

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Atti del Convegno di Studi Gian Matteo Giberti (1495-1543). Edited by Marco Agostini and Giovanna Baldissin Molli. (Cittadella-Padova, Verona: Biblos Edizioni. 2012. Pp. 216. euro25,00 paperback. ISBN 978-88-6448-031-2.)

This volume, which is enriched by numerous images, collects the proceedings of the congress that was held at Verona on December 2-3, 2009, to reassess the figure of the reforming bishop Gian Matteo Giberti in close correlation with the overall experiences of the sixteenth century.

Giberti was invested with major positions in the Roman Curia during the pontificates of Leo X and Clement VII. However, he was suspected of heterodoxy and was part of the Roman Oratory of Divino Amore. His pro-French policies did not sit well after the Sack of Rome by imperial troops in 1527, and he also was affected by the new political orientations resulting from the meeting between the pope and the emperor in Bologna in 1529. He settled in his Diocese of Verona and became the protagonist of reform plans for the Church, ranging from diocesan-level activity to the reconstruction of episcopal authority and leaving an indelible mark on spiritual life.

As emphasized by Danilo Zardin in his Introduzione, the volume shows the complexity of a leading figure in the policies of the Roman Church and the construction of the ideal figure of the bishop of the Counter-Reformation, particularly in his use of pastoral visiting. Giberti's Constitutione s (Verona, 1542) exerted considerable influence at the Council of Trent as well as in the work of St. Carlo Borromeo.

Adriano Prosperi, in "Gian Matteo Giberti e la política della «liberta d'ltalia»," reminds us of Giberti's crucial role in the policy that led to the drafting of the League of Cognac and the subsequent failure of the whole plan. …

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