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Empire of Souls: Robert Bellarmine and the Christian Commonwealth

Stefania Tutino


Robert Bellarmine was one of the pillars of post-Reformation Catholicism: he was a celebrated Jesuit theologian, a highly ranked member of the Congregations of the Inquisition and of the Index, the censor in charge of the Galileo affair. Bellarmine was also one of the most original political theorists of his time, and he participated directly in many of the political conflicts that agitated Europe between the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century. This book offers the first full-length study of the impact of Bellarmine’s theory of the potestas indirecta in early mod ... More

Keywords: Bellarmine, potestas indirecta, post-Tridentine Catholicism, Reformation, state-formation, spiritual authority, political authority, early modern Europe, Jesuits

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199740536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefania Tutino, author
University of California Santa Barbara