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Electing the Pope in Early Modern Italy, 1450-1700
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Electing the Pope in Early Modern Italy, 1450-1700

Miles Pattenden


This is a book about how popes were selected in early modern Italy. But more importantly, it is a book about the problems selection by election created for the cardinals and other early modern Italians. The cardinals, who were the papacy’s exclusive electors, undertook the solemn duty of choosing a new pope on average every eight years. This was a unique procedure for choosing an absolute monarch and brought with it great responsibility. This book, the first major study of early modern papal elections in English, explores how the cardinals discharged this responsibility between the fifteenth a ... More

Keywords: papacy, cardinals, elections, conclave, Rome, Papal States, Italy, Catholic Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797449
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miles Pattenden, author
Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford

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