Paul the Venetian’s Hollywood Hit Piece: Why The History of the Council of Trent Isn’t Really a History

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Knight, James; Nelson, Jordan; Tekarli, Nadir; Sperry, Treyson
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During preliminary research, we found the purpose of the book was more a political discourse than a history. This gave us context as to why the piece was written and how it reverberated through the region during the early modern period. We will show these contextual intricacies as they paint a broader picture of the political climate during the period. The curia was in the spotlight as they were trying to assert power over the papal states under Pope Paul II. The author, stemming from political Venice, gave true perspectives into the movements of the curia as the Council of Trent was being written in response to the Protestant Reformation. In the book, the church is accused of empire-building instead of promoting the faith. This will allow us to explore the interactive differences between religious hierarchies and their actions interpreted during the Reformation period. As the shifting of political and social spheres has affected us in recent years, we face the changes that the world is now portraying as the importance of certain groups is coming forth. “The History of the Council of Trent” was written during the Reformation while debates over the purpose of religious institutions took place. The Author’s thoughts of separation of church and state resonated with the general populace during the period and continues in modern times. We want to explore Paul the Venetian's motives and purpose behind the writing of "The History of the Council of Trent." Based off initial research, we have found that the piece was more of a political piece aimed at exposing corruption within the Catholic Papacy than a true historical text.