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D'Elia, Anthony F.  A sudden terror: The plot to murder the Pope in Renaissance Rome. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). [10], 237, [1] pp.; illus.

"In 1468, on the final night of carnival in Rome, Pope Paul II sat enthroned above the boisterous crowd, when a scuffle caught his eye . . . Conspirators were lying in wait to slay the pontiff. Twenty humanist intellectuals were quickly arrested, tortured on the rack, and imprisoned in separate cells . . . Anthony D'Elia's compelling, surprising story reveals a Renaissance world that witnessed the rebirth of interest in the classics, a thriving homoerotic culture, the clash of Christian and pagan values, the contest between republicanism and a papal monarchy, and tensions separating Christian Europeans and Muslim Turks. Using newly discovered sources, he shows why the pope targeted the humanists — who were seen as dangerously pagan in their Epicurean morals and their Platonic beliefs about the soul, and insurrectionist in their support of a more democratic Church. Their fascination with Sultan Mehmed II connected them to the Ottoman Turks, enemies of Christendom, and their love of the classical world tied them to recent rebellious attempts to replace papal rule with a republic harking back to the glorious days of Roman antiquity" (dust jacket).

Publisher's quarter dark green cloth with light, speckled green paper-covered sides, gilt lettering to spine; light fading to very bottom edge of boards. In original pictorial dust jacket; tiny closed tear to spine-head, minor scuff to spine. Interior is clean. Very good.  (40311)   Please RESHELVE This.

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