VERGERIO'S INVECTIVE AGAINST ERASMUS AND THE LUTHERANS: AN AUTOGRAPH IN THE BIBLIOTECA MARCIANA ERIKA RUMMEL AND LAURA HUNT Toronto In her biography of Pier Paolo Vergerio (1498-1565), Anne Schutte mentions and briefly quotes from an unpublished invective, now in the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice. 1 This interesting document has otherwise attracted little attention. Yet it offers a revealing glimpse of the author's state of mind in 1533, when he served as papal legate at the court of Ferdinand 1. Vergerio, who became notorious as the first Italian bishop to defect to the Protestant side, began his career in the church as papal secretary in 1532. After a brief stint as special envoy in Venice, he was sent to Ferdinand's court in the spring of 1533. It is difficult to see what made Vergerio a desirable candidate for the post of papal legate in Vienna. He had never been north of the Alps; he did not speak German; and he had little knowledge of the religious issues that divided the Empire. In fact, when he arrived in Vienna, he was apparently unfamiliar with the names of Johann Eck and Johann Cochlaeus, the most prominent opponents of Luther in Germany.2 Within
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Published: Jan 1, 2000
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