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Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence$
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William Connell

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520232549

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520232549.001.0001

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Raging against Priests in Italian Renaissance Verse

Raging against Priests in Italian Renaissance Verse

(p.261) 10 Raging against Priests in Italian Renaissance Verse
Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence

Lauro Martines

University of California Press

This chapter explores anticlerical verse in the fifteenth century, which appears to have been written principally by Florentines. Since the great wealth of early Renaissance manuscripts reveals that Italian poetry circulated and was often anthologized, writers who took the trouble to compose anticlerical verse clearly desired to convey their views to a select public. In the course of the fifteenth century, the power of the papal monarchy expanded dramatically. The main voice of criticism on the social history of anticlericalism in Renaissance Italy belonged to well-placed, educated men. The poems cited often pivot on accusations that seem to be commonplaces; and the metaphor of prostituting the church had biblical roots, to be sure. Literary anticlericalism appears to have been Tuscan preeminently.

Keywords:   anticlerical verse, Florentines, Italian poetry, papal monarchy, anticlericalism, Renaissance Italy, church

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