Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

"Questo Passo dell'Heresia": Pietrantonio Di Capua Tra Valdesiani, 'Spirituali' E Inquisizione

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

"Questo Passo dell'Heresia": Pietrantonio Di Capua Tra Valdesiani, 'Spirituali' E Inquisizione

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"Questo Passo dell'Heresia": Pietrantonio di Capua tra Valdesiani, 'Spirituali' e Inquisizione. By Dario Marcatto. [Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Serie Studi XXV.] (Naples: Bibliopolis. 2003. Pp. 262. euro35,00 paperback.)

The middle decades of the sixteenth century witnessed numerous inquisitorial investigations into those associated with Juan de Valdés and later with Reginald Pole and Giovanni Morone. These investigations and trials have become the basis of a number of important studies. Central among these are the editions of the trials of Cardinal Giovanni Morone and Pietro Carnesecchi published by Massimo Firpo and Dario Marcatto. Marcatto now offers a study of the career of Pietrantonio di Capua, Archbishop of Otranto, and the investigations that he underwent that focuses on the years between 1550 and 1555.

Born of a Neapolitan noble family, di Capua (1513-1578) began what appeared to be a promising curial career in the Rome of Paul III. He gained the support of Charles V, who called upon Julius III to name him a cardinal. During his career di Capua also found strong supporters in both the Farnese and the Gonzaga families. Most of the documentation that Marcatto utilized for this study is found in the Gonzaga archives in Mantua and reveals the commitment of Cardinal Ercole Gonzaga and his brother Ferrante to di Capua's promotion. A substantial appendix of this documentation is included at the back of the volume. However, di Capua's early association with the Valdesiani and other spirituali brought him to the attention of inquisitors in the 1540's and 1550's. Many others who had undergone trial had mentioned his name and he himself, therefore, came under investigation. In the changed religious climate of the 1550's even the imperial support for his promotion proved insufficient in the light of these associations. The cardinals of the Holy Office asserted a great degree of autonomy from Pope Julius III. …

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