Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Discorso Sopra la Corte Di Roma

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Discorso Sopra la Corte Di Roma

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COMMENDONE, GIOVANNI FRANCESCO. Discorso sopra la corte di Roma. Edited by Cesare Mozzarelli. ["Europa delle Corti,"Centro studi sulle societa di antico regime, Biblioteca del Cinquecento, 68.] (Rome: Bulzoni. 1996. Pp. 114. Lire 20.000 paperback.)

Cesare Mozzarelli, editor of this useful edition of the Venetian Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Commendone's (1524-1584) Discourse on the Roman Curia, argues that the author was just thirty years old and had been in Rome only four years when he completed his work. He places the work in 1554. during the pontificate of Julius [If (1550-1555). This dating is significant and has merit. Commendone mentions lie is in his fourth year at the court and has little experience to answer the questions of his interrogator, his language and references also fit the period prior to the conclusion of the Council of Trent. Commendone, in fact, makes no mention of the Council, which by this time would already have completed its second period at Trent (1551-52), lie speaks somewhat prospectively of the Inquisition as a major undertaking, proposes ideas on church reforms, and makes many allusions to the problems Christian princes create for the Christian republic, though (prudently) giving no references to any prince or nation in particular. …

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