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Thomas James Dandelet

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300089561

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300089561.001.0001

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The Piety of Spanish Rome

The Piety of Spanish Rome

(p.160) Chapter 5 The Piety of Spanish Rome
Spanish Rome, 1500-1700

Thomas James Dandelet

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how, despite appropriating the history of the ancient city and empire and winning a dominant political and economic role in the papal court, the Spanish faction in Rome also sought to capture the spiritual rewards and reputation of Roman Catholicism. Just as the struggle for political influence, control, and spoils in Rome was largely conducted within the boundaries of a complicated patronage system, so too was the competition for pious reputation, spiritual benefits, and saints. Spaniards were eager to prove that they were among the most pious patrons in Christian Europe, and desired to have their piety acknowledged both in Rome and in heaven itself. Spanish saints, perhaps above all else, remained firmly established as a lasting testimony to the creation of Spanish Rome. Moreover, institutions connected to Spanish saints had a deep impact on the city of Rome itself.

Keywords:   papal court, Spanish faction, Roman Catholicism, patronage system, Christian Europe, Spanish saints, Spanish Rome

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