Popes, Cardinals and War: The Military Church in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe

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I. B. Tauris, Nov 14, 2006 - History - 234 pages
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In this lively and compelling history, D.S. Chambers examines popes and cardinals over several centuries who not only preached war but also put it into practice as military leaders. Engaging and stimulating, and using references to scripture and canon law as well as a large range of historical sources, Chambers throws light on these extraordinary and paradoxical figures -- men who were peaceful by vocation but contributed to the process of war with surprising directness and brutality -- as well as illuminating many aspects of the political history of the Church.

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David S. Chambers began research in Italy and the Vatican in the late 1950s and has since spent much time in Italy. After teaching mediaeval history at the University of St Andrews, in 1969 he was appointed a Lecturer (later Reader) in Renaissance Studies at the Warburg Institute in the University of London. He has published extensively on subjects relating to the Italian Renaissance. Since his retirement in 1999 he was appointed Emeritus Reader in Renaissance Studies at the Warburg Institute and served as Chairman of the Society of Renaissance Studies from 2001 to 2004.

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