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Commentaries of Pope Pius II 1458-1464 and the Crisis of the Fifteenth-century Papacy (Hardcover) (Emily

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Written in the mid-fifteenth century, Pope Pius II’s Commentaries are the only known autobiography of a reigning pontiff and a fundamental text in the history of Renaissance humanism.

In this book, Emily O’Brien positions Pius’ expansive autobiographical text within that century’s contentious debate over ecclesiastical sovereignty. Presenting theCommentaries as Pius’ response to the crisis of authority, legitimacy, and relevance that was engulfing the Renaissance papacy, she shows how theCommentaries function as both an aggressive assault on the papal monarchy’s chief opponents and a systematic defense of Pius’s own troubled pontificate and his pre-papal career. Illustrating how the language, imagery, and ideals of secular power inform Pius’ apologetic self-portrait, The Commentaries of Pope Pius II (1458–1464) and the Crisis of the Fifteenth-Century Papacy demonstrates the role that Pius and his writings played in the evolution of the Renaissance papacy.

Written in the mid-fifteenth century, Pope Pius II?s Commentaries are the only known autobiography of a reigning pontiff and a fundamental text in the history of Renaissance humanism.

In this book, Emily O?Brien positions Pius? expansive autobiographical text within that century?s contentious debate over ecclesiastical sovereignty. Presenting theCommentaries as Pius? response to the crisis of authority, legitimacy, and relevance that was engulfing the Renaissance papacy, she shows how theCommentaries function as both an aggressive assault on the papal monarchy?s chief opponents and a systematic defense of Pius?s own troubled pontificate and his pre-papal career. Illustrating how the language, imagery, and ideals of secular power inform Pius? apologetic self-portrait, The Commentaries of Pope Pius II (1458?1464) and the Crisis of the Fifteenth-Century Papacy demonstrates the role that Pius and his writings played in the evolution of the Renaissance papacy.

Number of Pages: 335.0
Genre: History, Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Medieval, Europe / Italy
Series Title: Toronto Italian Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
Author: Emily O'brien
Language: English
Street Date: September 25, 2015
TCIN: 21511922
UPC: 9781442647633
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-0775

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