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Gasparo Contarini; Venice, Rome, and Reform…

Gasparo Contarini; Venice, Rome, and Reform (1993)

by Elisabeth G. Gleason

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2708 Gasparo Contarini: Venice, Rome, and Reform, by Elizabeth G. Gleason (read 15 Feb 1995) The subject was born in 1483 into a famed Venetian family, was named a Cardinal May 21, 1535, by Pope Paul III, and died at Bologna on 24 Aug 1542. This is a very erudite book, and its author has a sure grasp of her sources--most of them not in English. Contarini was a good though not excessively brilliant man, and if his views had been accepted by Paul III the Church would have been better off. The part of the book dealing with Contarini's time in Venice before he became a Cardinal was not interesting to me, but when he became a Cardinal the book became more interesting. ( )
  Schmerguls | Mar 14, 2008 |
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Gasparo Contarini (1483-1542) was a major protagonist in the Counter-Reformation of the sixteenth century. A worldly Venetian patrician, he later became an ascetic advocate of Church reform and, as a Catholic cardinal, was sent to the important Colloquy of Regensburg. He failed in his mission to bring about an agreement between Lutherans and Catholics; nevertheless, his life and thought, as well as his friendships with the most vocal proponents of concord, peace, and toleration, make him an impressive and significant historical figure.
In the first biography of Contarini since 1885, Elisabeth Gleason greatly broadens our understanding of the man and his times. As a result, scholars and students will come to see Cardinal Gasparo Contarini as a reminder of alternative concepts of authority and liberty in both church and state.

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