In this full of life and compelling historical past, D.S. Chambers examines popes and cardinals over numerous centuries who not just preached warfare but in addition positioned it into perform as army leaders. attractive and stimulating, and utilizing references to scripture and canon legislations in addition to a wide range of ancient assets, Chambers throws gentle on those impressive and paradoxical figures -- males who have been peaceable via vocation yet contributed to the method of struggle with astonishing directness and brutality -- in addition to illuminating many facets of the political historical past of the Church.

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The Pope trigger with troops, yet was once besieged for 6 months within the fort of Nocera by way of Alberico da Barbiano, the mercenary chief now in Charles’s provider. now not content material with calling down anathema upon the besieging military, city imprisoned a few cardinals who antagonistic his coverage, had them tortured – jerks at the rope and vinegar and quicklime poured up their nostrils have been one of the alleged torments – and later, whilst he escaped to Genoa, prepared for them to be drowned. After Charles’s loss of life overseas in Hungary in 1386, city resolved to take advantage of strength to renew direct keep an eye on of the dominion, which he could have was hoping to confer on his nephew. In 1388, clad in armour, he rode out of Perugia along with his troops, certain for Naples. At Narni, even if, a few of Urban’s infantrymen abandoned; close to Tivoli he fell off his horse, and thereafter needed to be carried on a muddle. At Ferentino the firm was once deserted, as its customers regarded hopeless. 26 one in all Urban’s such a lot devoted and serviceable supporters, Pileo da Prata (ca. 1330–1400, created a cardinal in 1378), who have been particularly winning in gaining adherents to the Roman reason in northern Europe, or even recommended the Pope to claim conflict at the King of France, abandoned him in exasperation over this Neapolitan fiasco. Pileo joined the rival Avignon papacy, and used to be commissioned to steer the warfare opposed to city, although he needed to flee with the Breton mercenaries lower than his command whilst antagonistic at Orvieto in September 1389. 27 Pileo da Prata used to be now not the single warriorcardinal to abandon city; in may well 1387 Cardinal Tomasso di Napoleone Orsini had given up his modestly winning campaigning on Urban’s behalf as a result of a quarrel with him, and concrete even despatched forces opposed to Napoleone for exceeding his authority in Umbria. 28 the second one pope of the Roman ‘obedience’, Piero Tomacelli, who took the identify Boniface IX (pope 1389–1404), used to be extra average than city, or not less than extra prone to paintings via others with the purpose of accomplishing a few balance. He bought – even supposing possibly slightly earned – the Forlì chronicler’s accolade of ‘victorious’. 29 considered one of Boniface’s most crucial early acts was once to crown as King of Naples Charles of Durazzo’s younger son Ladislas in 1390. Cardinal Pileo da Prata reverted to the Roman reason, receiving a crimson hat for the 3rd time in 1391 (he might for that reason be often called ‘the cardinal of the 3 hats’), and as Boniface’s legate led the Roman defense force opposed to Viterbo in may well 1392. 30 yet Boniface 35 P O P E S , C A R D I N A L S A N D WA R had now to deal with a brand new problem from 1392 to 1395, a revival of the scheme for a ‘kingdom of Adria’ embracing many of the papal nation, which the anti-pope Clement VII used to be intended to confer in trade for acceptance because the actual pope, both upon Giangaleazzo Visconti or upon Louis, Duke of Orleans. This scheme was once nurtured through the tireless freelance agent Niccolò Spinelli, who had within the 1360s been linked to Cardinal Albornoz and will declare from adventure to understand how expensive, wasteful and destructive to the papacy’s popularity – in hiring armies, waging wars, development and holding fortresses – the temporal strength had proved.

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