By Peter A. Mazur
In the 16th and 17th centuries, conversion took on a brand new value in the Catholic global, as its leaders confronted the problem of increasing the church's achieve to new peoples and continents whereas while reinforcing its authority within the outdated global. in line with new archival study, this e-book info the extreme tales of converts who embraced a brand new spiritual identification in a territory the place papal authority and Catholic orthodoxy have been arguably at their most powerful: the Italian peninsula. via an research of either the original thoughts hired by way of clerics to draw and train converts, and the biographies of the lads and women—soldiers, aristocrats, and charlatans—who negotiated new positions for themselves in Rome and the opposite towns of the peninsula, a brand new picture of Italy through the Counter-reformation emerges: a spot the place repression and toleration alternated in unforeseen methods, leaving room for negotiation and alternate with individuals of rival faiths.
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