Ringing in the papal restoration: Francesco Cancellieri's treatise on the Capitoline bells (1806)

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Pattenden, Miles. (2022). Ringing in the papal restoration: Francesco Cancellieri's treatise on the Capitoline bells (1806). Modern Italy. pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1017/mit.2022.9
AuthorsPattenden, Miles
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In 1806 the antiquarian Francesco Cancellieri wrote a treatise on the new bells fabricated for the campanile of the Capitoline palaces, replacing earlier ones destroyed during the Roman Republic of 1798-9. Cancellieri's text, and the story of those bells which it contains, offers important insights into the significance of bells in early nineteenth-century Italian Catholicism and also about clerical responses to trauma and loss. Close reading shows how Cancellieri used historical techniques to reconstruct an auditory community around the bells, part of the wider programme of ‘resacralisation’ which took place in Rome at this time. His words also hint at a complex and nuanced perspective on how to reconcile Rome's papal and republican traditions, which contrasts to later, more reactionary endeavours.

KeywordsFrancesco Cancellieri; Rome; Capitoline; bells; Pius VII; cultural history
Year2022
JournalModern Italy
Journal citationpp. 1-17
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN1469-9877
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/mit.2022.9
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85128991224
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Online12 Apr 2022
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Deposited10 Jun 2022
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