Category Archives: Renaissance History

#284 – Lorenzo Valla and the Donation of Constantine

The Donation of Constantine served to justify Papal temporal authority over Western Europe for centuries, until Lorenzo Valla proved that it was a fraud. No one likes a revisionist historian. Links: Tomb of Lorenzo Valla Valla’s refutation of the Donation of Constantine Sources: Blum, Paul Richard. Philosophers of the Renaissance Blum, Paul Richard. Philosophy of […]

Today in Catholic History – Pope Sixtus V and the Holy Name of Jesus

On 2 July 1587, in order to increase devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, Pope Sixtus V granted an indulgence of fifty days to any who would greet one another with the words “Praise be to Jesus Christ” and the answer “Forever. Amen”. In Latin, this would be “Laudetur Jesus Christus” “In saecula. Amen“. […]

#235 – The Philosopher’s Game

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Rithmomachia was one of the most popular games played in the universities and theological schools and promoted by Roger Bacon and Thomas More. Today, it has fallen into obscurity. Links: Wikipedia has a good simple presentation of the basics of rithmomachia Here is a Renaissance presentation of rithmomachia […]

Today in Catholic History – Execution of Savonarola

On 23 May 1497, the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola was burned at the stake as a heretic by order of Pope Alexander VI. Savonarola had become very popular with the people of Italy and very unpopular with Alexander as a result of his outspoken preaching in Florence for the reform of the Church, against the […]

Today in Catholic History – Ignatius of Loyola and the Battle of Pampeluna

On 20 May 1521, Inigo Lopez de Loyola/Ignatius of Loyola was injured during the Battle of Pampeluna or Pamplona. This battle, between the French supported people of Navarre and the Spanish forces moving to conquer the the Iberian region, saw Ignatius severely wounded by a French cannonball which shattered his leg. During his recovery, Ignatius […]

Today in Catholic History – Anti-Pope Nicholas V Consecrated

On 12 May 1328, Pietro Rainalducci was consecrated anti-Pope Nicholas V at St. Peter’s Basilica during the pontificate of John XXII. He was elected through the influence of the excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV the Bavarian and was the last Imperial anti-pope. Rainalducci was a member of the Franciscan spirituals who supported Louis’ view […]

Today in Catholic History – Beginning of the Fifth Lateran Council

On 3 May 1512, the Fifth Lateran Council opened under the authority of Pope Julius II with the participation of fifteen cardinals, two patriarchs, ten archbishops, fifty-six bishops, abbots, generals of religious orders and several ambassadors. Pope Julius would die while the council was in session and Pope Leo X would continue the council until […]

Today in Catholic History – Cornerstone of current Saint Peter’s Basilica laid

On 18 April 1506, the cornerstone of the present Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City was laid at the base of where the column of St. Veronica is now located. The original St. Peter’s Basilica, built by Emperor Constantine in fourth century, had fallen into disrepair by the end of the 15th century. Therefore […]

Catholic History in Other Podcasts

History According to Bob is doing a series of podcasts on Caterina Sforza, who had friendly relations with Pope Sixtus IV and not so friendly relations with Pope Alexander VI. Stuff You Missed In History Class has done a recent episode on Michelangelo.

Catholic History in Other Podcasts – The Pazzi Conspiracy

Stuff You Missed In History Class has just released an episode on the Pazzi Conspiracy and Pope Sixtus IV’s conflict with the Medici family.


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