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Overview

While Italy proved fertile ground for a Renaissance, the Reformation found rocky soil on Rome’s home turf. Where Michelangelo and da Vinci bore their greatest fruit, Luther and Calvin’s otherwise explosive thought was quickly expunged, after brief initial growth, in the face of an intense Inquisition and a failure to bear fruit among the masses. Collected here are several classic works analyzing two of the most powerful movements in Western history, and their disparate ends on the Italian Peninsula.

Experience the personal drama of Protestant and Catholic figures influenced by the Reformation. Analyze the broad religious significance of the Renaissance and the causes of the Italian Reformation’s collapse. These pivotal movements with divergent outcomes are notable case studies for not only students of church history, but also of politics, sociology, and history in general.

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Key Features

  • Gathers 13 classic texts related to the Italian Reformation and Renaissance
  • Provides personal histories and broad analysis of the Reformation in Italy
  • Includes Aeonio Paleario’s influential work representing Italian Reformation theology

Product Details

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The Benefit of Christ’s Death: The Glorious Riches of God’s Free Grace, Which Every True Believer Receives by Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified

  • Author: Aonio Paleario
  • Publisher: The Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1847
  • Pages: 124

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Anonymously published in 1543, this obscure work sold 40,000 copies across Italy and Western Europe. These copies were nearly all destroyed during the Roman Inquisition after the collapse of the Italian Reformation. Long thought to be lost to history, it was rediscovered in a Cambridge library in 1843 by John Ayre.

Written by Aonio Paleario, this work was one of the most influential writings of the Italian Reformation, representative of the unique theology that developed on the Italian Peninsula. It is presented here in a sixteenth-century English translation with John Ayre’s introduction and the story of its fortuitous discovery.

Aonio Paleario (1500–1570) was an Italian humanist, poet, and reformer. In his early life, he entered the literary circle of Pope Leo X. In his later academic career, he wrote against the Catholic Church’s subordination of Scripture, theology of salvation, and doctrine of purgatory. While he initially successfully defended himself in court from charges of heresy, later in life he was condemned to death and executed during the Roman Inquisition.

Introduction to The Benefit of Christ’s Death

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Publisher: The Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1847
  • Pages: 11

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This anonymous introduction to Aonio Paleario’s Benefit of Christ’s Death provides a historical sketch of the books and its author’s influence.

Men and Women of the Italian Reformation

  • Author: Christopher Hare
  • Publisher: Stanley Paul & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 350

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While the Reformation ultimately collapsed in Italy, it did not fail before first leading several notable historical characters down a path “full of adventure, of heroic deeds, and too often of tragedy.” Christopher Hare reveals the personal side of the Reformation and Inquisition in Italy. Hear the little-told stories of provocative men and women, including Renee of France, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Olympia Morata, and Giulia Gonzaga.

Marian Andrews was an early-twentieth-century historian and biographer who wrote under the pseudonym Christopher Hare. She also wrote popular biographies of Dante, King Louis XI of France, Queen Isabella I of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, and many others.

The Life and Times of Aonio Paleario: Or a History of the Italian Reformers in the Sixteenth Century, vol. 1

  • Author: M. Young
  • Publisher: Bell and Daldy
  • Publication Date: 1860
  • Pages: 610

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Aonio Paleario was one of the most influential thinkers of the brief Italian Reformation, living from 1500 to 1570. He wrote against the Catholic Church’s subordination of Scripture, the doctrine of purgatory, and the Church’s theology of salvation. Part 1 of this biographical work covers Paleario’s early life, his development as a poet and philosopher, and his first legal struggles against accusations of heresy.

The Life and Times of Aonio Paleario: Or a History of the Italian Reformers in the Sixteenth Century, vol. 2

  • Author: M. Young
  • Publisher: Bell and Daldy
  • Publication Date: 1860
  • Pages: 674

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Aonio Paleario was one of the most influential thinkers of the brief Italian Reformation, living from 1500 to 1570. He wrote against the Catholic Church’s subordination of Scripture, the doctrine of purgatory, and the Church’s theology of salvation. Part 2 of this biographical work covers Paleario’s later academic work, the Council of Trent, and his ultimate martyrdom after a second round of trials.

Footprints of Italian Reformers

  • Author: John Stoughton
  • Publisher: Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 324

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Primarily composed of autonomous city states for most of its modern existence, Italy was not formally united until the nineteenth century. Thus, John Stoughton appropriately analyzes the impact of the Italian Reformation city by city, shedding light on a once forgotten religious movement. Stoughton tours Florence, Naples, Venice, Milan, Rome, and more, tracing the footprints of the reformers. Complete with classic illustrations, this work is an engaging introduction to a unique time on the Italian Peninsula.

John Stoughton (1807–1897) was an English Nonconformist minister and historian.

History of the Progress and Suppression of the Reformation in Italy in the Sixteenth Century

  • Author: Thomas McCrie
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Board of Publication
  • Publication Date: 1842
  • Pages: 428

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Finding analysis of the Reformation in Italy to be nearly nonexistent, Thomas McCrie set out to fill the gap in this classic history. McCrie covers the religious climate of Italy just before the Reformation, the progress of Italian Reformers in each city-state, the Roman Inquisition’s successful stifling of the movement, and provides an in-depth case study of Italian Grisons. McCries work became a key resource for later writers and remains a valuable work of early scholarship on the Reformation in Italy.

Thomas McCrie (1797–1875) was a church historian and Scottish Seceder minister. Born in Edinburgh, McCrie succeeded his father as minister of Davie Street Church and later became a professor of the Presbyterian Church of England College in London.

A Princess of the Italian Reformation: Giulia Gonzaga 1513–1566

  • Author: Christopher Hare
  • Publisher: Harper and Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 344

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Born into all the extravagance the Italian Renaissance could offer, later in life Princess Giulia Gonzaga was awakened to the doctrines of the Reformation. Popular biographer Christopher Hare captures the charmed first half of the princess’ life before documenting the tumult of her later years, in which she supported several influential reformers and narrowly escaped martyrdom. Interspersed with pages from Gonzaga’s personal journal, Hare tells an engaging little-known story that shed light on the religious and political climate of the late Italian Renaissance and Reformation.

Marian Andrews was an early-twentieth-century historian and biographer who wrote under the pseudonym Christopher Hare. She also wrote popular biographies of Dante, King Louis XI of France, Queen Isabella I of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, and many others.

Some Memorials of Renee of France

  • Author: Isabella M. Braikenridge
  • Publisher: Bosworth and Harrison
  • Publication Date: 1859
  • Pages: 321

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Of Renee of France, John Calvin once wrote “How seldom is there an example of steadfastness among aristocrats.” An important ally to several Reformers in Italy and abroad, the duchess of Ferrara’s life is representative of the upper-class Reformation movement in Italy. This biography covers the duchess’ entire life, highlighting her correspondence with Calvin and others, her entrance into the Italian aristocracy, and her struggles with the Inquisition.

Cardinal Pole, or the Days of Philip and Mary: An Historical Romance

  • Author: William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Publisher: Ward, Lock, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1800
  • Pages: 442

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Exiled to Italy for several years during the reign of Henry VIII, the last Catholic archbishop of Canterbury was influential at the Council of Trent and the Counter Reformation. Written with the engaging intensity that made Ainsworth a successful novelist, Cardinal Pole is a readable work that captures the Reformation in Italy and England in dramatic, personal fashion.

William Harrison Ainsworth (1805–1882) was an English historical novelist. Ainsworth briefly worked in the law before pursuing a career in publishing, and finally journalism and literature. He wrote several successful novel series, noted for their striking settings and detailed descriptions.

Bernardino Ochino of Sienna: A Contribution to the History of the Reformation

  • Author: Karl Benrath
  • Publisher: James Nisbet and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 342

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Karl Benrath’s work on Bernardino Ochino tells the story of “an original and picturesque personality; a personality now gleaming like a meteor among summits, now cast out as the filth and scouring of the earth.” Ochino is a controversial historical figure—a noted evangelist and passionate Protestant convert, but also a speculative thinker who lived a questionable lifestyle. Benrath skilfully leads the reader “through changing emotions of admiration and compassion, constantly keeping alive curiosity, often awakening surprise.”

Karl Benrath (1845–1924) was a German church historian and professor. He spent several years touring Italy and England and wrote several influential works on the Reformation in Northern Italy.

A Short History of the Renaissance in Italy

  • Authors: John Addington Symonds and Alfred Pearson
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 361

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Explore history, art, literature, and religion with A Short History of the Renaissance in Italy. John Addington Symonds and Alfred Pearson synthesize the most relevant information for anyone interested in Italy’s cultural changes during the Renaissance. This book discusses the cultural factors that brought about the Renaissance, and the circumstances in Italy that caused it to flourish.

John Addington Symonds (1840–1893) was an English poet, literary critic, and cultural historian. He chronicled the lives of many writers and artists, and was known for his work on the Renaissance.

Alfred Pearson (1838–1903) was a colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War, where he was awarded a medal of honor. After the war, he practiced law in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Civilization of the Renaissance Italy

  • Author: Jacob Burckhardt
  • Publisher: Swan Sonnenchein & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 585

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The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy is the first English translation of Jacob Berckhardt’s revered German classic on Renaissance history. Examine the political structure of Italy in comparison to other European countries of the time, and look at the development of Italian civilization from the thirteenth century through the end of the Renaissance. Burckhardt traces the development of the Italian language, social traditions, education, and customs, as well as how religion affected the Italian people in their daily lives.

Jacob Burckhardt (1818–1897) was a Swiss historian who lived and traveled throughout Italy to study the culture of the Italian people. He wrote several textbooks about art history and taught at several universities in Germany and Switzerland.