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The Pope’s Men: The Papal Civil Service in the Renaissance

Peter Partner


This is a study of papal bureaucracy during the Renaissance, a time when the Pope was among the most powerful of European rulers. The men who ran the Renaissance Papacy were an important and talented group, including among their number luminaries of Italian humanist literature and scholarship, distinguished church leaders, and statesmen of far-reaching influence. Based on extensive research in Italian archives, this book explores the bureaucracy of an early modern state, and the patronage network which permeated and in many ways controlled it. The book sets the ruling elite of the Renaissance ... More

Keywords: papal bureaucracy, Renaissance, Pope, church leaders, Italy, patronage network, Rome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198219958
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198219958.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Partner, author