By Catherine Fletcher
International relations in Renaissance Rome is an research of Renaissance international relations in perform. providing the 1st book-length research of this topic for sixty years, Catherine Fletcher considerably complements our realizing of the envoy's function in this pivotal interval for the improvement of international relations. Uniting wealthy yet hitherto unexploited archival assets with fresh insights from social and cultural historical past, Fletcher argues for the centrality of the papal courtroom - and town of Rome - within the formation of the trendy ecu diplomatic method. The publication addresses subject matters akin to the political context from the go back of the popes to Rome, the 1454 Peace of Lodi and after 1494 the Italian Wars; the assimilation of ambassadors into the ceremonial global; the prescriptive literature; tendencies within the group of workers of international relations; an exploration of go back and forth and verbal exchange practices; the town of Rome as an area for international relations; and the realm of gift-giving.
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A third section assesses how much autonomy the diplomat enjoyed. In this chapter and the next, I argue that the Renaissance ambassador had a dual, or mixed, persona, combining both ofﬁcial and private elements. On the one hand, he embodied his prince: on the other, he acted ‘as of himself’. The functioning of these two personae is summed up in a case of 1463, when Pope Pius II called in the Italian ambassadors present in Rome to request their support for war against the Turks. ’1 In conceptualising the ambassador, I draw inspiration from Valentin Groebner’s analysis of the ways that municipal ofﬁceholders received gifts in the ﬁfteenth and sixteenth centuries.
One Body and Two Souls: The Papal Monarchy in Early Modern Europe, trans. Susan Haskins (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp. 80–5. Jennifer M. DeSilva, ‘Senators or courtiers: negotiating models for the College of Cardinals under Julius II and Leo X’, Renaissance Studies 22 (2008), 154–73. 58 Even as courtiers, however, cardinals remained princes of the Church in their own right, and indeed were encouraged to demonstrate their magniﬁcence which would, in turn, reﬂect well on the pope as their patron.
47–74 (pp. 47–8). 15 The popes also used the prospect of conﬂict to bolster support against the conciliarists who challenged their authority with arguments for the supremacy of church councils. 16 The psychological impact of the conquest on western Europe is more difﬁcult to quantify. ’ That said, his commentaries recount in illuminating detail his troubles in convincing the princes of both western and eastern Europe to co-operate. Those in the west baulked at the expense; those in the east often thought it better to make peace.