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C. Russell
Giulia Gonzaga and the Religious Controversies of Sixteenth-Century Italy

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XVIII+238 p., 7 b/w ill., 160 x 240 mm, 2006
ISBN: 978-2-503-51807-7
Languages: English, Italian
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This major new study traces the evolution of Giulia Gonzaga's (1513–66) unorthodox religious ideas and networks within the high religious tensions of mid-sixteenth-century Italy.

Giulia Gonzaga (1513–66) was renowned throughout sixteenth-century Italy as a model of pious widowhood and of female beauty. Yet over three decades she sustained a risky friendship and personal correspondence with Pietro Carnesecchi (1508–67), the one-time papal favourite who became infamous for his heretical religious beliefs and associations. Indeed, Carnesecchi was condemned to death by the Tribunal of the Roman Inquisition, implicated in part by evidence of his correspondence with donna Giulia.

This major new study traces the evolution of donna Giulia’s unorthodox religious ideas and networks. Considered alongside inquisitorial trial records and contemporary religious treatises, donna Giulia’s written dialogue with Carnesecchi and others, vividly reflects the religious tensions of mid-sixteenth-century Italy.

Giulia Gonzaga and the Religious Controversies of Sixteenth-Century Italy details donna Giulia’s important contribution to the exchange and currency of reformist ideas amongst an intellectual elite of women and men, clergy and laity that extended through the Italian peninsula and beyond.

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Church : laity & heterodoxy
Heresies, persecutions of heterodoxy, christian denominations & sects
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Women's & gender studies
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Italian Peninsula
The Renaissance world (c.1450-1550) : specific topics
Renaissance studies
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Religious history
Early modern history (1501-1800) : genres & specific topics
Women's & gender studies
Early modern European history (1501-1800) : local & regional history
Italian Peninsula

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