Giorgio Caravale, Ph.D. (2000), University of Rome 'Sapienza', is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Roma Tre. He has recently been a member in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2013-2014) and Lauro De Bosis Lecturer in the History of Italian Civilization at Harvard University (2010-2011). He is the author of Forbidden Prayer. Church Censorship and Devotional Literature in Renaissance Italy (Ashgate, 2011; first Italian edition 2003); George Mosse's Italy (ed. with L. Benadusi, Palgrave McMillan, 2014; It. ed. 2012); The Italian Reformation Outside Italy. Francesco Pucci's Heresy in Sixteenth Century Europe (Brill, 2015; It. ed. 2011), Beyond the Inquisition. Ambrogio Catarino Politi and the Origins of the Counter-Reformation (Notre Dame University Press, forthcoming; It. ed. 2007), and Storia di una doppia censura. Gli Stratagemmi di Satana di Giacomo Aconcio nell'Europa del Seicento (Edizioni della Normale, 2013).
All interested in the history of Renaissance and in the History of Reformation and Counter-Reformation. All scholars of Religious History and History of the Church. Anyone concerned with the history of orality and the history of the Inquisition.
“an excellent study of the Inquisition’s attempts to curb subversive preachers”.
Christopher Black, University of Glasgow. In: Renaissance and Reformation, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Fall 2017), pp. 190-192.
“This is a good book that advances our knowledge of the complex religious situation in the middle of the sixteenth century.”
Paul F. Grendler, University of Toronto Emeritus. In: The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 103, No. 3 (Summer 2017), pp. 584-585.
"In this book, Giorgio Caravale has managed to “shed light on the darkness” of heretical preaching, to great effect [...]. This volume makes an important contribution to sixteenth-century Italian religious scholarship available to an Anglophone audience."
Jane K. Wickersham, University of Oklahoma. In: Journal of Jesuit Studies, 5 (2018) pp. 136–138.
Table of contents
List of Figures
Introduction to the English Edition
1 The Ambiguity of the Word
2 Words on Trial
3 Inquisition and Historiography
4 The History of Preaching in Renaissance Italy. Continuity and Discontinuity
5 Preaching and Heresy. A Two-sided Coin
6 Sermons, Orality and Inquisitorial Sources
7 Orality and Written Culture
8 Risks and Limits
Prologue: Preaching, Heresy and Inquisition in the First Half of the Sixteenth-Century
1 Brescia, Land of Contagion
2 A Dangerous Friendship
3 A Network of Compromising Relationships
4 Pulpit on Trial: The Beginning of the Roman Inquisitorial Process
5 An Erasmian Preacher
6 A Controversial Sacrament
7 Ambiguities of the Word: Dissimulation, Confession and Preaching
8 The End of the Trial
11 Cosimo de Medici’s Roman Spy: ‘Secret Afffairs’ and ‘Insults’
12 At the Service of Holy Roman Church
13 The ‘Scorpion’s Tail’: Controversy in Power
Appendix: Chizzola trial
Index of Names