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Conversion to Catholicism in Early Modern Italy (Religious by Peter A. Mazur

By Peter A. Mazur

In the 16th and 17th centuries, conversion took on a brand new significance in the Catholic global, as its leaders confronted the problem of increasing the church's succeed in to new peoples and continents whereas whilst reinforcing its authority within the previous international. according to new archival study, this publication info the intense tales of converts who embraced a brand new spiritual id 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 recommendations hired through clerics to draw and teach 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 in the course of the Counter-reformation emerges: a spot the place repression and toleration alternated in unforeseen methods, leaving room for negotiation and trade with individuals of rival faiths.

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