The cardinal of the Spanish Crown Giannettino Doria embodies the typical international profile of an ecclesiastic involved in multiple political loyalties within the context of the transformations affecting the Habsburg Monarquía católica and the Holy See between the Sixteenth and the Seventeenth century. The book reconstructs Giannettino’s Genoese origins, his proud family membership, his long Spanish formation and the complex negotiations for his cardinal promotion. It then illuminates his power relations, his frustrated career ambitions in the Roman Curia and his political and pastoral choices. These latter were characterized by a jealous defense of his reputation and jurisdiction, and marked his second life in Sicily, where he served as archbishop of Palermo and as interim viceroy. The analysis of a wide geography of sources shows that his figure is much more complex than that reconstructed by hagiographic works. These mainly focused on his prominent role in the invention of the cult of Santa Rosalia and in the liberation from the plague in 1624.
|Number of pages||352|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|