Carol M. Richardson, Ph.D. (1996) Art History, University of St Andrews, is Lecturer in Art History at The Open University, UK. She has published various articles on the College of Cardinals and the Venerable English College, Rome, and on Renaissance art.
All those interested in the history of the Church and papal Rome, and of Early Modern art and cultural history - from the general public, to research students and professors.
"...this milestone in the history not only of artistic patronage but also of the papacy in fifteenth-century Rome will become a standard work for scholars to return to again and again."
Simon Ditchfield, Art History 34/1 (2011).
"There is an amazing amount of erudition in this book […] Richardson’s argument about the importance of cardinals in building Renaissance Rome […] is a welcome corrective to the monolithic view of papal dominance in fifteenth century Rome."
Anthony F. D’Elia, Renaissance Quarterly, 62/4 (2009)
"In this ambitious interdisciplinary study, Carol Richardson makes a convincing case that a focus on the cardinalate over several papacies can offer a valuable perspective on the historical development of the Catholic Church. [...] It will, without doubt, be essential reading for scholars of Renaissance Rome."
Catherine Fletcher, British School at Rome. In: Journal of Early Modern History 13 (2009) 543-548
"This exceptional, well-illustrated book takes an interdisciplinary approach, covering such ideas as political history, canon law and liturgy with assured lightness of touch. It is an important tool in examining the artistic patronage of the Sacred College and the complex dynamics within papal Rome."
Nicholas Schofield. In: The Art Book 17/3 (August 2010) pp.42-3
Table of contents
List of figures
Popes of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
PART I: CARDINALS AND POPES
1. The crisis of the councils
2. From three colleges to one
3. Dignity and dress
PART II: CARDINALS AND ROME
4. Restoring Rome
5. Titular churches
6. Assigning titles
7. Property portfolios
PART III: CARDINALS AND ETERNITY
8. The St Peter’s problem
9. St Peter’s in the fifteenth century
10. Instructions for a good death