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The Renaissance Popes By Gerard Noel

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Between the years of 1447 (Nicholas V) and 1572 (Pius V), Rome was transformed from a ruined Medieval city. This survey of the colourful reigns of the seventeen Renaissance Popes and examination of the great Borgia myth focuses on the true legacy - political, artistic, religious - of this extraordinary time.

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The Renaissance Popes: Culture, Power and the Making of the Borgia Myth by Gerard Noel

Between the years of 1447 (Nicholas V) and 1572 (Pius V), Rome was transformed from a ruined Medieval city. The Vatican became the official home of the church and the world s largest bureaucracy, a spectacular new Basilica of St Peters took 100 years to build and Michelangelo changed the course of art history with his Sistine Chapel. So vast and expensive was this cultural explosion that a new fundraising initiative was launched: the sale of indulgences. The Renaissance Popes were statesmen, warriors, patrons of the arts as well as churchmen. These were earthly times and the reputations of popes like Alexander VI, the infamous Borgia patriarch, and Julius 'Il Terrible' II for murder, poison, sodomy and simony vary only in degree. Meanwhile, the sin of heresy, which threatens the very core of the Catholic soul, was tirelessly targeted by two other lasting innovations of the period: the Inquisition and witch-hunts. Alexander VI, father of the ruthless Cesare and jezebel Lucrezia, is seen to this day as the embodiment of this iniquity. But Gerard Noel shows this is unjust, and based on false confessions and historical myth. What's more, Alexander created the blueprint for reform - the first of its kind - that would eventually lead to the Counter-Reformation. In his survey of the colourful reigns of the seventeen Renaissance Popes and his examination of the great Borgia myth Noel brings to light the true legacy - political, artistic, religious - of an extraordinary time.

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About Gerard Noel


The Hon. Gerard Noel was the Editor of the Catholic Herald and is now its Editorial Director. He is the author of several books including biographies of Paul VI and Harold Wilson.

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GOR005987512
The Renaissance Popes: Culture, Power and the Making of the Borgia Myth by Gerard Noel
Gerard Noel
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Little, Brown Book Group
2006-09-28
288
1845293436
9781845293437
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