Antonio de Fuenmayor’s life of pius V: A pope in early modern Spanish historiography

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Pattenden, Miles 2018. Antonio de Fuenmayor’s life of pius V: A pope in early modern Spanish historiography. Renaissance Studies. 32 (2), pp. 183 - 200. https://doi.org/10.1111/rest.12276
AuthorsPattenden, Miles
Abstract

Antonio de Fuenmayor's Vida y Hechos de Pío V (1595) is one of the earliest hagiographic texts written about Pius V, the most famous of Counter‐Reformation popes and the victor of the Battle of Lepanto (1571). But, because Fuenmayor wrote in Spanish rather than Italian, his text has never received much attention. This article presents it in its context for the first time and argues that Fuenmayor highlights an important problem in the developing genre of early modern Spanish historiography: how to incorporate the pope in the national histories promoted by Philip II, III, and IV? Contemporary Spaniards praised Fuenmayor's text highly, a fact which may have had as much to do with its highly political role as a critical rebuke of Clement VIII and, later, of Urban VIII as it did with the text's literary qualities. The fact that Fuenmayor's depiction of Pius V is just as carefully constructed as better‐known Italian examples underlines how Italians, though they staffed most of the papacy's offices at this time, held no monopoly over how the pope's image was defined. Other Catholics, in this case the Spanish Monarchy, put forward rival visions which better served their own interests, even when those visions were at odds with those projected from Rome in order to further their own political interests.

KeywordsPapacy; Historiography; Spain
Year2018
JournalRenaissance Studies
Journal citation32 (2), pp. 183 - 200
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN0269-1213
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/rest.12276
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85011320334
Page range183 - 200
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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