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Pius IV and the Fall of The Carafa: Nepotism and Papal Authority in Counter-Reformation Rome

Miles Pattenden


This work sets out to show how the popes of the mid-sixteenth century sought to reassert and project their authority over the Catholic Church during the first phase of the Counter-Reformation. Its narrative focus is the trial of Cardinals Carlo and Alfonso Carafa, nephews of Paul IV (1555–9), who, together with Carlo’s brother Giovanni, were arrested and indicted by their uncle’s successor Pius IV (1559–65) on charges of murder, theft, and corruption. Taking place from June 1560 to April 1561 as preparations were under way for a resumption of the Council of Trent, this was the only occasion in ... More

Keywords: early modern papacy, Paul IV (pope), Pius IV (pope), Carafa, Council of Trent, College of Cardinals, papal nepotism, papal authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199670628
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miles Pattenden, author
Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna; associate member of the History Faculty at the University of Oxford